How alarmed should you be after chipping your tooth? Any sort of dental trauma is a concern, though some injuries require more attention than others. Sometimes, a chip can be slight enough to be addressed with cosmetic dental work, but a seemingly minor injury can make the placement of a dental crown necessary. At our Temecula, CA dentist’s office, we can provide an evaluation of the tooth to see what kind of care might be right for you. If the matter is ignored, you may find that your “small” problem has weakened your tooth enough to cause more physical harm.
Even A Small Chip Can Create Problems For Your Smile
A chip may be small or difficult to see, but that does not mean it is not something that should concern you. Any damage to your enamel can put you at risk for more harm. If that untreated chip leads to more enamel loss, or if it turns into a crack in your tooth, the restorative dental work you require can become more significant. The sooner you have the matter assessed and treated, the sooner you can be sure that your risk for complications is addressed.
A Chip In Your Tooth Can Be More Than Just A Cosmetic Issue
If your chipped tooth is hard to notice, you can feel relieved that the matter has not affected your smile. What you should know is that your problem can lead to new issues if it changes the way you bite and chew, or if it leads to more damage. Injuries can raise your risk for infection, which can lead to the need for a root canal procedure. If you simply opt to change your bite and avoid putting pressure on the tooth in question, you can raise the amount of stress biting and chewing cause for your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to problems with TMJ disorder.
Creating And Placing A Custom Dental Crown
The creation and placement of a custom dental crown offers you a chance to protect a vulnerable tooth, restore your bite, and even regain confidence in your smile. A crown caps a tooth, covering it completely above the gum line without bothering neighboring teeth. It will be designed to withstand the forces of biting and chewing, which means that you can trust it to stay in good condition even as you rely on it for bite support. Porcelain and zirconia crowns are available so that patients can have teeth restored without seeing their smile changed as a result.
Talk To Your Temecula, CA Dentist About Restoring Your Chipped Tooth
At our Temecula, CA dentist’s office, patients who are concerned about a chipped tooth can have an evaluation, which can lead to plans for the appropriate treatment. To learn more about our practice, or to reach one of our other locations closer to you, please reach out to us at the following:
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.