The holiday season brings a multitude of yummy treats with it that you can expect to find at parties and get-togethers. However, some of these treats can also be very dangerous for your teeth. If you've bitten into peanut brittle or a similarly hard holiday snack and chipped a tooth, rest assured that you can get your smile back to normal before the holidays are over.
If you've cracked a tooth, you're going to need to see a dentist in order to assess the damage. If the crack is very deep, it may be affecting the root or pulp of your tooth. These portions of the tooth are highly susceptible to tooth decay and infection when exposed, and you may also experience a great deal of pain if it's left untreated. If the crack is deep, your dentist will need to repair the tooth with a crown or filling.
If the crack isn't too deep, your dentist can easily proceed to the next step and install a veneer. Keep in mind that even if there is a deep crack, your dentist may be willing to place a veneer over the tooth temporarily while you're waiting for an appointment to have it permanently repaired.
Veneers are like a plate that stands in front of your tooth. It looks exactly like a tooth, and your dentist can select one based on the color of your natural teeth, so it won't stand out at all. Typically, veneers are manufactured out of porcelain, so if the crack in your tooth is minor, the veneer can serve to protect the remainder of the tooth.
Veneers don't require any special form of molding or shaping to your teeth, so you don't have to wait to have one installed. Your dentist can install a new veneer for you on the same day you visit the office.
Back to Normal
Whether you need a more intense dental procedure in the future to repair the crack or not, a veneer can at least temporarily restore your smile. Having your tooth damaged by festive food isn't a pleasant experience, but you don't have to go through the rest of your holidays with a tooth that's chipped and feeling embarrassed by it.
Veneers are a great option to temporarily or permanently repair teeth that have been chipped by holiday food. If your teeth suffer an unwanted festive surprise this holiday season, talk to a cosmetic dentist about veneers.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!