Chipped teeth happen more frequently than you may think. And when they do, patients often quickly phone their local dentist to make an appointment. As dentists in Newcastle, we have seen our fair share of chipped teeth. Typically, a chipped tooth is relatively simple, painless and affordable to fix….that being said, is fixing a chipped tooth always necessary?

The Pain Factor

Pain can be an important factor in whether a patient decides to fix their chip or not. A chipped tooth shouldn’t necessarily be painful, so if you are in pain there could be an underlying issue that may have occurred during the impact that caused your chipped tooth. 

The Aesthetic Factor

We have been brought up in a society where straight, unchipped teeth are admirable. Whether this relates to your own personal values or not is up to you, but generally aesthetics play a role in people fixing their teeth, especially if it’s their front teeth. 

The Practical Factor 

Our teeth have unique sizes and shapes for particular reasons. Having a chip in one of your teeth, depending on the size of the chip and the placement of your tooth, could result in difficulties in chewing etc.

At the end of the day, it is your personal choice whether you fix a chipped tooth or leave it be. At our dental practice in Newcastle, we usually advise fixing all chipped teeth to maintain your natural dental structure.

Preventing Chips 

Chipped teeth often occur out of the blue, but they can be prevented by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports and avoiding biting down on hard foods. If you’re known to clench your jaw and grind your teeth, you may want to look into some solutions for these problems.

Treatments For Chips 

Chips are very common and treatment is straightforward. If the chip is small, a simple filling may suffice, but if the chip is large or at an odd angle a crown will need to be added to the tooth, which is slightly more complicated than a filling but not what we would call a major dental procedure.

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