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Different causes of chipped teeth

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While chipping a tooth is often a result of a fall, accident, or a contact sport like hurling, most patients find it surprising that chipped teeth can also occur from the seemingly harmless habits and choices of everyday life. Find out what may be causing your chipped teeth from the list below.

Tongue piercings

Many people are not aware that tongue piercings can not only increase the risk of getting an infection in the mouth, but they can also lead to chipped teeth. Biting on tongue jewellery, either habitually or by accident, can lead to cracks, chips, and other damage. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, 47 percent of people who wear tongue jewellery for at least four years have experienced chipped teeth.

Stress (bruxism)

Many times those who do not know how their teeth became chipped or cracked are found to consistently grind their teeth in their sleep. This condition is known as bruxism, which is often brought on by stress. Bruxism affects about eight percent of adults and is completely treatable. In a previous post, we discussed a few ways patients can prevent bruxism on their own or lessen the damage that it causes. We can help determine what is causing your chipped or cracked teeth and correct any damage with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. We will also make other suggestions for preventing further damage due to bruxism.

Crooked Teeth

Braces are not only a solution for a beautiful smile; they also can correct pain or damage that is caused by an improper bite. All types of malocclusion (crooked teeth) can cause chips and cracks in the teeth, which is why correction is important for your long-term oral health. Straightening your teeth sooner rather than later can avoid more extensive corrective treatment down the road.

Nail biting

Nail biting may seem harmless, especially if you have thin nails, but over time it can cause the teeth to chip. When most people use their teeth as tools or to bite their nails, they tend to use the same particular teeth to bite and tear, causing accelerated damage to that portion of the tooth.

Chewing ice

Chewing ice, hard sweets, or any hard, non-food object can chip the teeth. If you have a habit of chewing on any of these hard objects, it is best to avoid them completely and replace the habit by chewing sugar-free gum.

Chipped teeth can cause problems with speech, sores or discomfort in the mouth, and can worsen over time. If you have a chipped tooth or teeth, please book an appointment with one of our dentists for an assessment.  The information they can provide you will help to correct the problem and restore your beautiful smile. Call 051 421453 or fill out our online boking form today. We look forward to serving you!

Laughing through your dental treatment

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Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, has been used routinely in dentistry since 1863. It’s a safe, effective sedation option for dental patients seeking a way to control feeling overly anxious about their treatments.

Nearly 75% of adults experience mild to severe dental anxiety. Causes for dental fears are varied, and may include:

  • Previous painful experiences at a dental practice
  • Dealing with general anxiety, mood, or posttraumatic stress disorders
  • Feeling out of control or helpless
  • Having low pain threshold or fear of pain
  • Embarrassment about the look of teeth
  • Phobic about needles and/or anxious about drills
  • Sensitive gag reflex

If you do suffer fear or anxiety about dentistry, the good news is that Quirke Dental Surgeons offers sedation dentistry. One of the most common forms of sedation is nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas.

Nitrous oxide is an odourless gas inhaled through a comfortable mask. Actually, most nitrous oxide machines produce a mixture of 70% nitrous oxide with 30% oxygen, which keeps the inhalation sedation at safe and effective levels.

Dental patients have reported that breathing in laughing gas creates:

  • Light-headedness
  • Tingling in arms and legs
  • Floating sensations
  • A sense of comfortable distance
  • Euphoria or giddiness
  • Tendency to giggle

In most cases, patients don’t experience side effects from nitrous oxide. A very few may temporarily experience sore throats, inflamed nasal passages, or coughing. You should not feel sleepy, nauseaus, or unpleasant in any way. If you do, please tell your dentist so they can adjust the nitrous dosage or use a different sedation option.