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Looking in the mirror and noticing that you chipped a tooth isn’t fun at all. Is the chipped tooth up front, or is it in the back? Some people notice a tooth that has been chipped because it cuts their tongue. Some chips are small, and some chips are larger and tied to tooth decay. Tooth enamel is strong, yes, but a chipped tooth can certainly happen. Here are 3 ways to fix a chipped tooth.
If the tooth is in need of minor repair, a dental filling might be all that is needed. This is going to be what is typically used for teeth in the back of the mouth. If the tooth that has been chipped is up front and visible when you smile, a bonding process will be used by the dentist. A bonding resin is used that is the color of your actual tooth, or close to it anyway. After the resin is shaped to look natural, it is then hardened.
That is one way to fix a tooth that has been chipped in a minor way, but there are other scenarios and fixes. The tooth in question might require a dental cap or crown. What this means is that a cap that is shaped like a tooth will be placed over the remaining portion of the tooth. There are different materials that are used for these crowns and caps. Some are better for the front of the mouth, and some are better for teeth in the back.
The 3rd option for fixing a chipped tooth is a dental veneer. A dental veneer is made to only cover up the front of a tooth that has been chipped. Both a dental veneer and a dental cap or crown require that you make two trips to the dentist’s office. There is one more scenario to talk about, however, and it involves a chip large enough to have affected the pulp inside a tooth.
If the pulp of your chipped tooth has been affected, root canal therapy is required. Afterward, the 2nd option above will typically be what’s done to further protect the tooth after root canal therapy. Hopefully, the chipped tooth you have only needed dental filling or bonding, but now you know what to expect when you go see a dentist about your chipped tooth. There are three options on the table, and then, of course, root canal therapy can also be required.
If you found a chipped tooth, the you can trust the professionals at Aqua Dental to take care of you smile. With years of experience, our professionals are ready to help you with any issues that you might find. When this happens, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help fix any issues that you find. When you want your smile to look its best, there’s no better place to go then Aqua Dental for your next dental procedure.
Most people who go to the dentist for cleanings have heard a lecture or two about the importance of flossing. While it may seem unimportant though, flossing is a critical part of maintaining short-term and long-term oral health. Teeth do not have two sides; they have five sides. If you only clean your teeth using brushing then you are missing out on two sides of your teeth, and upwards of 40% of the plaque that collects on your teeth. There is a level of disconnect with a lot of patients, as the benefits of flossing are only seen over long periods of time. When you brush your teeth, you immediately notice differences – whether it is a fresher breath or the smoothness of your cleaned teeth – when you floss you do not get instant gratification.
One thing that flossing helps with, that can be instantly gratifying, is that flossing can help cure bad breath. If you seem to have bad breath, even with regular brushing, and you have ruled out other medical reasons, it could be caused by the gunk caught between your teeth. Daily flossing can help remove bacteria (the waste produced by bacteria has an unpleasant odour), as well as decaying food particles that leave you with less than desirable breath. Flossing helps your breath smell great.
Plaque that builds up between the teeth can cause a multitude of problems for patients now and in the future. By flossing, you are removing both plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, which helps keep plaque from generating acid. Plaque on its own does enough damage, but without flossing and removing both sugars from food, as well as bits of food, from between your teeth, there is a further chance of tooth decay. This tooth decay is what leads to cavities, which leads to painful fillings and dental costs. Merely flossing twice a day when you brush will help avoid this and the associated costs. Forgoing flossing can also cause bacteria and plaque to build up to the point that they begin to eat away at the bones that support your teeth, not just their gums and teeth!
If you forgo flossing, then you can end up with gingivitis, which can then turn into periodontitis. Peridontitis is when the gum becomes so inflamed that it pulls away from the teeth and forms little pockets that can store even more bacteria than was getting in previously. Your body will, understandably, try to fight the infections that form, and as they do they can attack your healthy cells which causes further deterioration of your gums and teeth, leading to tooth loss. By skipping flossing, you are opening yourself up to devastating health problems.
At Aqua Dental we want you to have a beautiful smile, and the first step in a beautiful smile is to have healthy teeth and gums. Our dental clinic is here to help. We want to be your dental clinic in Winnipeg. Whether you are coming to us for regular check-ups or teeth whitening, our convenient location is here to serve you better! Contact our office today or see our full range of dental services.