A chipped tooth can occur from any number of things. Biting your nails, treating your teeth like tools, or grinding your teeth at night can increase your chances of suffering a chip to the enamel of one or more teeth. While it might not cause you any immediate distress, you should still not be remiss to seek professional care at Fountains Family Dental.
The textures in the chipped enamel can gradually start to trap food particles and bacterial plaque. In time, this could come to foster tooth decay in what was originally a healthy tooth.
Sometimes a small chip in a non-critical location can be repaired with a basic filling. If one or more teeth in your smile have chips, Dr. Timothy Yu might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.
If a chip is large or on a critical part of a tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown.
In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. A tooth in this condition might need a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.
If you live in the Chandler, AZ, area and you have suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 480-359-1483 to seek treatment at Fountains Family Dental.