In most cases, chips in tooth enamel are rarely deep enough to cause damage to the sensitive internal structures. This might lead you to procrastinate having a chipped tooth repaired. However, your dentist, Dr. Dean Doles, strongly recommends that any chipped tooth should be examined and repaired. The damaged enamel can trap food particles and plaque, leading to a new area of tooth decay forming in the otherwise healthy enamel.
The severity of the chip and the location of the tooth will largely influence the treatment and repair options that your dentist recommends.
In some cases, a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more teeth in your smile have chips, he might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.
If a chip is significant, or if it’s in a critical part of a tooth, Dr. Dean Doles might recommend replacing the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloy.
In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Dean Doles might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.
If you have one more chipped teeth, you should not delay in contacting Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269 to have it examined and repaired.