Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Tooth Chipped Playing Baseball? Ways A Restorative Dentist Can Fix The Chip

by Charlotte Beck

If you were hit in the mouth while playing baseball and chipped a tooth, there are many things a dentist can do to fix the chip. Consider seeing a restorative dentist in order to do this. This type of dentist works with things like chipped teeth, as well as other dental problems like this. When finished, you will never know the chip was there. Below are some ways this dentist can fix the chip.

Inlays or Onlays

The restorative dentist may use a procedure known as inlays. With this the dentist bonds a composite resin to the crack in the chip. The material used to make the inlay will be the same color of the tooth and is generally made of porcelain or ceramic. The process of bonding the material to your tooth can also help strengthen the tooth.

Another procedure the restorative dentist may choose is using an onlay. These are placed inside the chipped tooth and cover the top of the tooth, which is the chewing surface. This is generally used when it is a chipped back tooth. Onlays are also made of a material that is the same color of your tooth. As with inlays, onlays will strengthen the tooth even further.

No matter what procedure is used it can be done in the office generally in one day. You will have little pain after the procedure is finished.

Dental Filling/Bonding

If you have a small chip on a back tooth, the dentist can simply fill the tooth as they would if you had a cavity.

If the chip is on a front tooth and can easily be seen, the dentist will likely use a process called bonding to remove the chip. If bonding is chosen, the dentist will use a special tooth to etch the surface of the tooth using a gel or liquid. This etching is important as this will allow the bonding material to better adhere to the tooth. When the etching is finished, the dentist will brush a type of adhesive material to the chipped tooth. Over this adhesive material, the dentist places a resin that is the same color of your tooth. Once the resin is placed, the dentist will shape it until it looks like a tooth. When finished, the dentist will use a special light over the resin to harden it.

A dental filling or bonding can both be done in the office in one day. You will not feel much pain from either filling or bonding.

The restorative dentist that you hire can give you much more information about this. For more information, contact a company such as Pacific Ave Dental/Allan L. Hablutzel, DDS today.


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Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

As a homeschool parent and independent contractor, I don't always have time to practice good dental care. I often find myself in a rush just to meet my daily tasks and goals. My lack of good dental care eventually caught up with me. After experiencing severe pain in my back tooth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist found a large hole in the center of the tooth. Root canal treatment couldn't save the tooth, so my dentist extracted it. I learned a very painful and valuable lesson that day. No matter how hectic my life is, I should still make time to brush and floss my teeth properly. I'm here to help you and other people avoid painful dental problems with my blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth clean and how to spot dental problems before they get out of control. Good luck.