Quiz: How Do I Repair a Chipped Tooth?
Posted October 14, 2014 by Wager-Evans Dental
Have you ever suffered a chipped tooth? Our teeth can become damaged due to injury, possibly from playing sports or even biting down on a piece of ice or hard candy. What do you do when faced with a broken tooth? Dr. Evans and Dr. Wager explain how to address a damaged tooth and discuss our restorative treatment options.
1. True or False: There are steps you can take to address a chipped tooth before seeing Dr. Evans or Dr. Wager.
2. True or False: A damaged tooth must be repaired to protect your dental health.
3. True or False: Dental bonding can improve a broken tooth in one visit.
4. True or False: You may benefit from a dental crown.
1. True. First, gather up any pieces of the tooth you can find and bring these with you to see the dentist. Next, apply a piece of gauze if bleeding occurs. You may also need a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact our office and schedule an appointment right away.
2. True. If you avoid treating a damaged tooth, over time this may allow bacteria to reach the exposed inner tooth structure. Soon, the tooth can develop decay and possibly even an infection.
3. True. With dental bonding, Dr. Evans or Dr. Wager will place several layers of composite resin onto the tooth. The material will be shaded to match the remaining tooth structure. As they cure the material with a special blue light, the tooth will be reshaped and molded. In one visit, your tooth can be restored.
4. True. If the chip is so large it compromises the integrity of the tooth structure, you may need a crown. The crown protects the remaining structure while preventing the risk of decay or infection.
Dr. Brian Evans, Dr. William Wager, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.