A small chip in a tooth might seem like nothing to worry about, but please don’t ignore it. Even though a chipped tooth is generally not a serious problem it is best to get it mended as soon as you can. Any chip or crack in tooth enamel will allow bacteria to get into the tooth which will gradually destroy the softer layer of dentine that lies just underneath the enamel. This will eventually cause a cavity and there is a risk the bacteria could infect the pulp right at the centre of the tooth. An infected pulp will require root canal therapy and often the tooth will need to be restored with a crown. In contrast, a chipped tooth is usually quickly and easily repaired with a beautiful tooth coloured filling.
A chipped tooth can be restored and protected by fillings made from tooth-coloured composite resin. Our dentists take enormous care to shape each filling, choosing colours that will blend in beautifully with your natural tooth. If your tooth has lost a larger part of its structure you may need a porcelain filling which is more durable and perfect for creating a long-lasting restoration. At Apple Dental we make porcelain fillings using our CEREC CAD/CAM technology which creates precision-made fillings while you wait, so you will still only need one appointment to mend your chipped tooth.
If you have a chipped tooth, please contact us on 9420 5050 to get it mended and prevent a small issue from developing into a larger and more expensive problem.