Chips and small fractures in tooth enamel don’t often cause pain. Many people with a chipped tooth might be tempted to forgo treatment. It’s important to keep in mind that the unnatural textures caused by the chipped enamel can actually trap residual food particles and plaque. This creates a microenvironment that fosters bacteria and invites a new area of tooth decay to form. Should this occur, the new cavity will be able to spread into the dentin and other sensitive internal structures of the tooth.
Here at Oradent Associates, Drs. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher can often repair a small chip with a simple filling. It will be made from either porcelain, composite resin, gold or amalgam. The ideal material used will be influenced by the chip’s location on the tooth, its size and its prevalence in your smile.
If the chip is large or if it’s on the biting surface of a tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process where all of the tooth enamel is replaced by a crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
If you have a chipped tooth in Chicago, Illinois, you should call 773-478-5520 to have our Oradent Associates team examine and repair it.