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A Chipped tooth can cause a variety of problems. This could include heightened sensitivity, a propensity for severe tooth decay, or an increased chance of suffering a more severe dental fracture. If the chipped tooth was in the front of your mouth it also affects the cosmetic appearance of your smile.

While you can never completely prevent a chipped tooth, but there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering a dental fracture.

This might include addressing any bad habits like biting your nails, nervously nibbling on pens, and pencils, or using your teeth as improvised tools. Other habits like crunching on ice can also exceed tooth enamel’s inherent strength.

It’s also worth noting that unconsciously grinding your teeth at night on a frequent basis can significantly increase your risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth. This is even more likely to occur on the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars in the back of your mouth.

This type of dental fracture can often be prevented by sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. If you don’t like the basic units sold in stores, you might want to talk to Dr. Jurgina Elezi and her team about a custom dental guard.

Athletes with braces or who participate in contact sports need to use quality mouth guard during the necessary times.  If you don’t like the units sold in stores, Dr. Jurgina Elezi can help provide you with a custom mouth guard.

If you are an athlete in the Quincy, Massachusetts, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 617-729-4091 to schedule an appointment at Coddington Dental.