If you have recently suffered dental damage, you may be eager to correct the problem as soon as possible. That being said, some patients will put off having a dentist look at a chipped or cracked tooth, particularly if they are not feeling any discomfort. What you should know is that even a minor form of damage should be reviewed. After all, you may be in danger of suffering further harm if the tooth’s ability to bite and chew is compromised. If the problem is only superficial, your dentist can provide cosmetic dental work to correct the matter. If they have concerns about the health of your tooth, restorative dental care can be more appropriate.
Dental Damage May Not Require Restorative Dental Care
If your chipped or cracked tooth is not in need of care, you can still hide the effects of that damage with cosmetic dental work. Many people who want to make improvements will rely on a tooth bonding and contouring treatment. This procedure can lead to natural-looking results that have your smile restored after just a single appointment!
Smart Tips For Avoiding Dental Damage In The Future
Many people who have a mindless chewing habit – for instance, chewing on an ice cube, or a pen cap – can put themselves at risk for a chipped or cracked tooth. Cutting these habits will help you avoid this situation, while also cutting down on potential wear and tear. If you are concerned about a nighttime teeth grinding habit, your dentist can supply you with a mouth guard to wear whenever you sleep. Signs of a nighttime grinding habit (bruxism) can include the experience of pain and sensitivity in your face and neck upon waking.
Talk To Dr. Hawks About Your Chipped Or Cracked Tooth
A chipped or cracked tooth can hurt the overall quality of your smile, and it may pose a risk to your overall oral health. James M. Hawks, DDS can provide the appropriate treatment to make sure your smile is in good condition, and is free of unsightly problems. We are proud to provide our services to patients in West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Grimes, and all of the surrounding areas. To schedule your next appointment, call our office today at (515) 225-6665.