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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Repair Teeth  

Teeth are subject to damage like any other part of the body. However, unlike hair, bones, or skin, teeth can't regenerate themselves. That's because the versatile stem cells we possess as infants gradually disappear as we age, and these cells are what's needed for teeth to develop. So when you chip a tooth, it seems like it would be a permanent cosmetic flaw. However, family dentist Selena Marchan of Jacksonville, Florida has several solutions for fixing this common problem.
 

How do teeth become chipped?

Many people who come to their Jacksonville dentist with a chipped tooth have a story to tell about a car accident or a sports injury. Other patients may have bitten down on a piece of ice or hard candy. As for why some people's teeth chip and others don't, it often goes back to weakened enamel. This is the outermost layer of the teeth and can break down over time due to eating or drinking things with a lot of acid content, chronic dry mouth, or overall poor oral hygiene. Teeth that have already had fillings, especially if they're large, can also be susceptible to breakage.
 

How can chipped teeth be repaired?

Small chips on the edges of the teeth are most often filled in with a process called bonding. This involves the use of a putty-like material that is made from plastic, glass, or a combination of the two substances and is carefully matched to blend in with your natural tooth color. Dr. Marchan will sculpt the bonding material into the chipped area, then use a special light to harden it into place. A chip that is large enough to affect the sensitive tissues inside the tooth needs to be fixed right away; these injuries are often very uncomfortable. Your Jacksonville family dentist can often restore the tooth's form and function with a crown.
 

If you have a chipped tooth that needs repair, or for any other dental-related questions, contact your Jacksonville family dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, by calling (904) 221-5678.