What To Do If You Chip Your Tooth

It’s important to take care of your smile. After all, it’s with you for life and it’s the first thing that people notice about you. If you chip, fracture or break a tooth, it’s not the end of your smile! At Shoreline Dental, we have several restoration options to repair the damage, without compromising the appearance of your teeth.

An Ounce of Prevention

… is worth a pound of cure, or so the saying goes. It’s definitely true when it comes to your dental health. While your teeth are strong, they’re designed for breaking down food and speaking, not opening stubborn packages or trimming your fingernails. Using your teeth as a handy tool increases your risk of cracking or breaking a tooth.

FACT: Your tooth enamel is one of the strongest materials on earth!

Your tooth enamel is one of the strongest materials on earth! In fact, the enamel of your bigger teeth is so strong, it can withstand up to 200 pounds of pressure. However strong, you should still be careful to watch what you eat! Hard candies, ice cubes and similar foods can chip your teeth when you’re chomping. If you need something to keep your mouth busy, opt for soft, sugar-free gum – and whatever you do, don’t chew on your pens!

When Fractures Happen

If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, call Shoreline Dental right away. Depending on the visibility of the tooth that’s been affected, and its location, Dr. Tartagni offers a variety of restoration options:

  • For more visible teeth, a porcelain veneer or Lumineers may be your best cosmetic option.
  • Tiny chips in your teeth can be concealed with artistically applied dental bonding.
  • Larger fractures, especially on back teeth which withstand more force, may require a porcelain crown, onlay or inlay.

Worried about your smile? Call our Milford or West Haven locations to schedule your emergency appointment.