Whether you chew on ice or any other hard object, there is a risk of getting your tooth cracked or chipped. It surely doesn’t sound very good, and you would feel the anxiety growing inside you because you would just have lost your one of the best features; i.e. you bright and nice smile. But, it’s no big thing to worry about. Today, there are tooth repairing options which can help you get your chipped, broken, cracked or entirely lost tooth restored nicely.
Reasons for the broken or chipped teeth
There can be numerous reasons for the teeth to get broken or chipped. For instance, playing football without wearing braces on teeth or chewing on hard objects such as ice or pencil can result in teeth getting brown or chipped. Teeth can also get broken due to damaged enamel. When the enamel is damaged, it exposes the porous and weaker side of the tooth. Hence, very little force is required to break that vulnerable tooth.
Types of cracked teeth
There are different types of cracked teeth.
- Craze lines: Craze lines are the minor cracks which only affect the outer enamel at very small extent. However, these craze lines are of no big concerns apart from the way they may look.
- Fractured Cup: Sometimes, a small part from chewing surface may break and fall. This issue is also not something to worry about as it heals by itself over time.
- Cracked Teeth: This one is severe. Cracked tooth means that tooth has a vertical crack which starts from the chewing surface and runs towards the root. If this problem is left untreated for long time, it can get worse by progressing towards the tooth loss. It also involves severe pain in tooth.
There are some treatments for the chipped, cracked or broken teeth. Let’s discuss them briefly.
1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is a painless process of repairing several types of chipped, broken or cracked teeth. It involves roughening of some part of the tooth by removing enamel. That part gets ready to take a hold of the putty that applied to repair the breakage or crack. After the application of this composite material, an ultraviolet light applied to harden the composite. This composite is then polished to make look like and shine like the natural tooth.
Veneers are used to cover the front surface of damaged teeth. Veneers do not only change the way tooth may look but it also restores the functionality by tightly covering the cracks.
Crowns are very much like the veneers. The only difference is that the crowns are made to cover the entire teeth. Crowns may be stronger because they are complete structures made of hard porcelain. These are usually applied to the teeth which are not on the front.