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Will a Chipped Tooth Grow Back?
Having a chipped tooth or even multiple teeth can be quite the pain for some people. A chipped tooth can present a whole host of problems for a person whether it be with eating or with their overall appearance. Some people may be wondering whether or not their chipped tooth will grow back, sadly, the answer is no. However, there are a few different options that a person can choose from in order to restore a chipped tooth.
A chipped tooth can occur for a variety of reasons. People that play sports may have had an injury to the face in which a tooth got hit or even biting down on foods that are too hard can cause a tooth to chip as well.
Knowing what the options are in regards to restoring a chipped tooth can be extremely beneficial to anyone who has one. Today, we will address what a person can do for their chipped tooth since it won’t be growing back naturally.
Options for chipped teeth
If a person chips their tooth that is near the back of the mouth, such as a molar, then it’s important that they immediately visit the dentist. While the tooth won’t heal or grow back on its own, a dentist can offer up a dental filling for a molar chipping. A dental filling will simply fill the spot that has been chipped off.
A dental filling procedure isn’t that involved of a procedure and only requires that the dentist fill the chipped spot with a material of the patient’s choice. There are different materials that a filling can be made of including gold, amalgam, and porcelain. The material for a dental filling will depend on the dentist’s recommendation and the patient’s preference. A dentist will shape the area and fill the chipped spot, the patient then just needs to be cautious of the area.
A dentist will recommend and almost always use a dental bonding if the tooth that has been chipped is a tooth near the front of the mouth. A filling can’t be used on a tooth that is near the front because it won’t look too pleasing to the eye. A dental bonding procedure is the best choice for a chipped front tooth because it looks almost natural.
The procedure for a dental bonding is quite simple, the dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth so that the resin sticks. After roughening, he or she will stick the adhesive to the surface and then place the tooth-colored resin. An ultraviolet light is used to cure the resin after the dentist shapes it to look natural.
Having a chipped tooth can be problematic for a lot of people. It presents complications when eating or with their confidence. If a tooth is chipped near the back, a person should receive a dental filling in order to make chewing and biting easier and more natural. If a tooth near the front has been chipped, dental bonding is recommended to ensure that the tooth is restored to a more natural looking state.
If you’re still uncertain about what to do with your chipped tooth then give us a call today. Although your tooth won’t grow back after being chipped, our office can offer up tips on what to do next. We’re happy to help in any way that we can! Give us a call today.
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