Summertime is the ultimate time for active outdoor fun. Whether you are a nature lover or a sporty athlete, getting outside during these hot summer months is the best. The problem with being so physical is that there is a chance that you could accidentally chip your tooth. It’s something that happens to the best of us, but what do you do when it happens? Will your tooth ever be the same?
First thing’s first, get to a dentist. The sooner you get there, the better your odds are to fix your tooth. One of the more popular treatments for chipped or broken teeth is bonding. Your dental professional will repair your teeth by adding a compound that will adhere, or bond, to your tooth. Once bonded, your dentist will design and match your tooth’s natural color to blend in perfectly.
But before we learn about how it’s fixed, let’s break down what a tooth is. Our teeth are composed of two materials, enamel and dentin. Enamel is the outer shell of a tooth, what we all see when we open our mouths. Calcium crystals are densely packed together to become some of the strongest materials we have in our bodies. Dentin is what makes up the inside of our teeth. Made of collagen and calcium crystals, dentin is where our nerve transmitters are. Together, enamel and dentin construct the durable resilient things our teeth are.
So what kind of material can not only match our teeth’s strength, but also look great? The answer is composite resins. Plastic resin and silica filler joins together to create a replica to the material that makes up our teeth. Add in some porcelain and you have yourself a tooth that will rival your natural versions. Ceramics have been used in the dental world since the early 1900’s. as time went on, the compounds have changed to become stronger, more natural look and feel adhered to your mouth. Resin got its start in the 1970’s in order to secure crowns in a patient’s mouth. Over the next couple decades, resin has advanced so much that it can not only bond to the original tooth better, but can also be used to make bridges look and function just as the original teeth would.
So fear not if you happen to chip your tooth enjoying the warm weather summertime brings. Take your hikes, play your sports. Just be careful and make sure you have your dentist’s number handy. You never know when an accident will strike and saving that smile is a must.
Contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 to schedule an appointment for your child today. Or visit www.dentalassociatesofhobken.com for additional information.
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