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The enamel that covers each of your teeth is the hardest part of the body, but it’s not invincible. Physical injury from a blow or fall can cause a tooth to chip. When a tooth is already slightly decayed or infected, chips are more likely to happen, and it is possible to chip your tooth simply from biting down on something particularly hard.
If you find that you have chipped a tooth, it’s not the end of the world. Here are some steps towards repairing your chipped tooth:
Your dentist will be able to evaluate the damage and decide how to best fix the problem in person. There is a multitude of different ways to repair a chipped tooth, and your dentist can discuss different options with you.
Children are supposed to lose their baby teeth during childhood, but what happens if a permanent tooth becomes loose and threatens to fall out?
The most common cause of loose teeth in adults is gum disease. The infection in the gums eventually spreads to affect the bone and attacks the foundation of the teeth, which causes them to move.
Other causes include physical trauma to the teeth, bite injury, an abscess in the gum, or a tumor.
Depending on the causes of your loose teeth, there are many different ways to treat this problem. In most mild cases, you will be able to keep your teeth, but if the damage is too serious, it will need to be extracted. Typically, if your tooth is loose in all directions, it means that the foundation is too weak, and the tooth will need to be extracted.
If the loose tooth is being caused by gum disease, extensive gum cleaning procedures can be taken to reverse the periodontal disease. When your gums are healthy again, they will be able to better support the tooth.
Bite injuries typically occur because of a misalignment of the teeth; because of crooked angles, the teeth can be prone to receiving more force than it can handle and become loosened as a result. Adjusting the alignment of the teeth and reshaping their surfaces so that they are subject to less force when used for biting will prevent further bite injuries.
If the tooth is not terribly loose, it can be simply healed through splinting, which involves wrapping it with wire to be attached to a strong, adjacent tooth. This will stabilize the tooth and allow it to heal.
You’ve always been told to see a dentist as soon as you think you may be experiencing signs of tooth decay or any oral infection. But what happens if you don’t? Well, when tooth decay or gum infection is left untreated for too long, it commonly leads to an abscessed tooth, which is excruciatingly painful and can lead to severe consequences.
An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection at the roots of the tooth. When you have an untreated cavity, the decaying tooth allows bacteria to penetrate farther and farther into the most sensitive parts of the teeth. Other ways that bacteria gets access to the fragile roots of the teeth include physical trauma (when the tooth gets broken or chipped) and gum disease. These cases all involve breaking or absence of the protective layer of enamel, which allows for the infection of the sensitive center part of the tooth, called the pulp.
*Note that if the infection completely kills the tooth, the pain may subside, since all of the nerves would be dead. However, just because the pain stops, it does not mean that you any longer need to get it treated. The infection can and will spread to surrounding tissues and bones.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Tadros Dental right away. If you have a fever, serious swelling in the face, or trouble breathing and swallowing, go to the emergency room.