Even though your tooth enamel is hard, there are still some extreme situations when a blow to the face or hard fall can chip a tooth. At the same time, tooth enamel can also be damaged by something as simple as grinding your teeth at night or by nibbling on foreign objects. The severity of the chip will determine the first-aid and treatment options needed.
If a chipped tooth doesn’t cause you any pain, you might be tempted to simply forgo having it repaired. This could pose some disastrous complications later on down the road. The chipped tooth enamel has the potential to trap food particles and plaque. This could create a prime breeding ground for tooth decay. Once it does, the compromised enamel can give way, allowing decay to set into the deep interior of the tooth.
If the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Dean Doles might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling, your dentist might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a dental crown.
If you have multiple chips on the teeth in your smile, then your dentist might recommend having porcelain dental veneers cemented over the faces of the teeth. This can also resolve any secondary staining issues on these teeth.
If you experience a persistent ache or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it could mean the damage has penetrated down into the sensitive dentin or pulp of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Dean Doles might need to extract the whole tooth before restoring it with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If one or more of your teeth are chipped in Allen, Texas, you need to call Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269 to have it diagnosed, treated and repaired.