For most people, a chipped tooth is a very rare occurrence. It may happen as a result of a blow or accidental trauma to the mouth. It shouldn’t occur when you are biting down with normal bite force.
But for other people, chipped teeth are a common, recurring event, and may demand a solution beyond simple restorative dentistry. Why is it that some people have teeth that are more likely to chip than others?
One factor we have to consider is that genetics may be to blame for your chipped teeth. The construction of enamel is complex, and for some people enamel is more durable. For others, it is less durable.
If this is your problem, porcelain veneers can help. Modern porcelain veneers are made of advanced ceramics that are many times stronger than your natural tooth enamel, especially if you are genetically predisposed toward weak enamel.
Even if your teeth are genetically predisposed to be stronger, they can’t make enamel without the proper building blocks. Those building blocks come from your food. Make sure your diet has plenty of the nutrients your body needs to make teeth strong: calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and silicon, for example.
Other times, the problem might not be what’s missing from your diet, but what’s in it: namely sugars. When you eat a lot of sugar, oral bacteria thrive in your mouth and secrete acid that removes minerals from your teeth. This can weaken them, increasing the risk of chipped teeth.
While fillings can repair your teeth, crowns are recommended to strengthen them.
Some people have occupations where tooth injuries are common. Falls, equipment accidents, car accidents, and workplace violence are all relatively common cause of tooth damage at work.
Other times, stress might cause you to clench your teeth hard, resulting in damage.
Make sure you understand the safety policies at work and that you use proper safety equipment.
Some hobbies can put your teeth at risk for injury. Sports, especially contact sports, significantly increase your risk of tooth injury. Amateur sports players are more likely to get injuries than professionals: make sure you wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
Oral piercings are also likely to damage your teeth. If you have a pierced tongue, lip, or cheek, the jewelry can lead to chipped teeth.
The risk of tooth injury increases whenever alcohol is involved. If you drink to excess regularly, you are more likely to experience tooth damage.
If your bite is imbalanced, you may be putting excessive force on your teeth, causing them to chip. After one tooth chips under force, the imbalance may shift, subjecting another tooth to damaging force. The problem may be so bad that it can even damage the restorations placed to repair your teeth.
Fortunately, we can rebalance your bite to protect your teeth and restorations using TMJ treatment.
A Comprehensive Solution
If you’ve chipped your teeth multiple times and you’re ready for a solution that not only repairs the damage but looks to prevent future damage, we can help. Please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Valdosta, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.