If you grind your teeth at night or if you have bad habits like using your teeth as tools or nervously nibbling on foreign objects, it can cause a chip on one or more teeth. Even if a chip doesn’t cause pain, you should not delay treatment. This is potentially dangerous because the chipped enamel will inevitably invite bacteria to exploit it. This could result in a new area of tooth decay.
This is why your dentist, Dr. Kathryn Lewis, encourages patients to have any chipped tooth addressed. The severity of the chip will largely influence the treatment and repair options that they recommends.
A minor chip can often be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, they 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. Kathryn Lewis might recommend replacing the tooth enamel 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. Kathryn Lewis might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.
If you have one more chipped teeth in Findlay, Ohio, you should not delay in calling 419-423-0343 to have it examined, treated and repaired at Findlay Dental Group.