Should I go to the dentist for a chipped tooth?


If you are not experiencing pain, then you may be wondering whether visiting the dentist in Grantham for a tooth repair is worthwhile. Perhaps you are in a small amount of pain, or you are experiencing some sensitivity due to this damage, or even caused by decay. In this situation, it may be tempting to ignore your pain and push on, hoping that it will get better itself. In some cases of course, chips may not need to be repaired, but it is always worth checking with us when you visit us at the dental health and implant centre.

We are a dentist in Grantham who offer a range of treatments to our patients, from teeth straightening methods, to dental implants and beyond. No issue is too small for us to have a look at for you, and for those larger chips to the tooth, or areas of damage or decay we may recommend inlays or onlays.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations which are similar to fillings, but instead are intended for use on a larger area than a filling would be used for.  They are commonly used on teeth which are further back in the mouth. An inlay is the name for the restoration which is fitted to the surface of the tooth which is used to bite down on food (known as the biting surface). Onlays often cover larger sections of the tooth so are more suitable for larger areas of damage or decay. Traditionally inlays and onlays were created out of gold, but more recently this has changed in favour of a tooth coloured restoration.

What can I expect from the treatment process?

To begin with, you can expect to visit us for a consultation with one of our dentists. If inlays or onlays are deemed a suitable restoration for you, we would generally remove any damaged or decayed areas of the tooth there and then, and take impressions of the remainder of the damaged tooth, or teeth. These dental impressions are then sent off so that your tailor made inlays or onlays can be manufactured in a dental laboratory.

In a following appointment at your dentist in Grantham, these can be cemented into place in the tooth, using a dental adhesive. Depending on the nature of the repair you need, we will advise you as to whether you require an inlay or an onlay. As previously mentioned, inlays are used for damage to the biting surface, and onlays for more extensive decay or damage. When your restoration is in place, we may ask you about the feel of it in your mouth, and whether it’s comfortable. It may be that we can make changes in order to achieve an increased comfort, so please be honest with us about how it feels.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays have several benefits, including helping to provide more support to the tooth (especially where more extensive decay or damage is concerned), which can help prevent further damage or decay. They are made from tooth coloured materials, such as porcelain or composite resin, which can be closely matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth for a more natural look. Inlays and onlays are durable and can last for many years with the proper care.

Why not give us a call and enquire today if you think that inlays or onlays may be a suitable restoration for you? Booking an appointment with your qualified dentist in Grantham gives us the opportunity to examine your teeth and mouth and advise you on your options going forward.