Tstungo 2008-09-21 01:15:35
On one of my front teeth (which appears otherwise healthy), there’s a small
chip a couple of millimetres across, which has got larger just recently.
Looking under light, I think there may be a very fine hairline crack all the
way up the tooth, which I think has been there ages and may be the cause.
The enamel appears to be chipping away – is there anything I can do? My dentist
said he’s patch it up once it got bigger, but will it just fall apart anyway?
Mark & steven 2008-09-21 01:15:36
Almost everyone over the age of 20 or so has these hairline fractures. They
usually don’t extend into dentin, and usually are no concern.
Fractures of the incisal edges can be repaired, but unless the patient has an
open bite in the front resin repairs usually fail. Small fractures are usually
better off being polished off. Larger fractures have a better prognosis if bonded
veneers are used.
Mark & Steven Bornfeld DDS
Tstungo 2008-09-21 01:15:37
Many thanks for prompt reply.
The chip is on the front tooth, right at the bottom of it, (ie at the cutting
edge). The left vertical edge of the chip, which is roughly square shaped, lies
parallel, and directly aligned with, the hairline crack – hence my thought that
maybe this started it. I guess I’ll go back to the dentist and see what he
My concern is that enamel will eventually all come off (as the chip appears to
be widening rather suddenly, recently) – and I’ll lose the tooth!
Mark & steven 2008-09-21 01:15:45
Can’t discount this, but unless the tooth has already been heavily restored I
don’t think it’s likely. Not a bad idea to have it looked at, though.
I once chipped a previously intact upper central incisor biting accidentally on
the tyne of a fork–took a little notch-shaped chunk out of my incisal edge. My
brother repaired it, but repeatedly it chipped again. Eventually I just had him
straighten and polish the edge. My left upper central incisor is now a couple of
mm shorter than the right. If it ever bothers me enough I’ll have him make me a
porcelain laminate veneer, but right now I’m not worrying about it. The fracture
first happened about 20 years ago.
Mark & Steven Bornfeld DDS
Tstungo 2008-09-21 01:15:46
Thanks again Steve – will go back to dentist.
Joel m. eichen 2008-09-21 01:15:49
Nope it will last dozens of years ,,,, teeth do have cracks and they
survive (but do we?)
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