This is a collaborative post by Isobel about dental health.
A chipped tooth can become a big problem if you do not decide to repair it. It can be the catalyst for a bigger range of issues that could come about in your mouth.
Nobody wants to ruin their perfect teeth with a chip. Some people spend a lot of time making sure that their teeth are perfectly straight and white. But a chip might ruin the perfect look your Crest Whitening Strips have given your teeth recently.
Throwing them off center and messing up the neatness you worked towards with your teeth. Therefore, we are going to talk about why repairing a chipped tooth should be a priority.
Reasons to Repair a Chipped Tooth
With a chipped tooth in your mouth, you are opening your teeth up to a whole host of issues. There is so much bacteria in our mouths this is why we have natural shields of sorts on our teeth.
So, when you end up chipping your teeth you are creating a vulnerability in your mouth. Most in this kind of situation with a chipped tooth experience more pain in their mouth than those that who do not have any chipped teeth. This is because the nerves of the teeth are exposed to external conditions, with no enamel to protect them.
This will make eating and drinking cold or hot food a painful process. You might not be able to enjoy all the food you might have previously loved because of the change in sensitivity in your teeth. This unbalance in your mouth could also lead to your tooth becoming cracked which often ends up in splitting the tooth entirely.
This happens because when the tooth is weakened by a chip it has a weak point that can wear down your tooth over time. You might not feel it today, but you will certainly regret it when you are biting into your favorite food and your tooth cracks.
Tooth decay can be sped up by having more vulnerabilities in your mouth. Those nerve endings we previously brought up can become numb from all the bacteria which is even worse than having pain. It will sometimes result is killing the tooth entirely. Which means you will probably have to have that tooth removed.
The removal process for a tooth varies between countries but you can be sure regardless of how it is done it will not be fun. Making sure that you can prevent any kind of tooth decay will have benefits to your general overall health as well. A healthy body leads to a heathy mind. Taking care of that chipped tooth will save you so much hassle going forward.
What to Do About It
Thankfully, there are a lot of different ways to prevent all the doom and gloom we have previously brought up in this article. As scary as some people find them, dentists want to help you.
They are usually incredibly helpful so do not be afraid to ask questions about your oral health. Most of them will be happy to provide you with advice that will be specific to your needs and your situation.
With modern dental technology, your teeth can be reconstructed. For chips, assuming you have not killed the nerves, they will often use a smart little process to rebuild the part of the tooth you lost when it became chipped.
This process is painless, though it might be uncomfortable for some. It does a service for your mouth though so make sure that you regularly visit your dentist so they can help you maintain any fillings you have had alongside your regular teeth.
Overall, there can be a lot of reasons why you should repair your chipped tooth. Many oral health complications can develop as a result of a neglected tooth. It could make your smile less likely to spread issues to the rest of your mouth. The way to deal with big issues like these is to prevent the issue from getting out of control.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.