Chips and minor dental fractures can come from a wide variety of sources. Athletes who don’t use mouthguards and people who grind their teeth at night on a regular basis are at heightened risk of suffering one or more chipped teeth. At the same time, a bad habit of chewing on objects or using your teeth as tools can also damage tooth enamel.
Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause discomfort or heightened sensitivity, you should not be reticent to seek professional care at Laura Miller, DDS. In time, minuscule pieces of food matter and bacterial residue could become trapped in the chipped tooth enamel, encouraging the formation of dangerous tooth decay.
A small chip might be repairable with a standard filling that is made from amalgam or composite resin. If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Laura Miller 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, your dentist might recommend having porcelain dental veneers cemented over the faces of these teeth. This can also help resolve any secondary staining issues on these teeth.
If you live in the Middletown, Connecticut, area and you’ve recently suffered a minor dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 860-346-6872 to have it repaired at Laura Miller, DDS.