What to do About a Chipped Tooth

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Your tooth enamel is made from microscopic mineral crystals that give your teeth the hardness they need so they can bite, chew and grind food. Even though your teeth are hard, they can still get chipped from a hard fall, blow to the face or something as simple as grinding your teeth.

If there’s no pain associated with the chipped tooth, it could mean that the damage is shallow and only limited to the enamel layer. A shallow chip can sometimes be repaired with a common filling.

If you have multiple chips on your teeth, your North Texas Dental dentist might recommend having porcelain dental veneers cemented over the faces of those teeth. This can also help resolve any secondary staining problems.

If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Michael Nguyen might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the chipped tooth replaced with a crown.

If you feel a persistent ache, a sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it could mean that the chip has caused damage to the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged sections before fully restoring the tooth with a crown.

If one or more of your teeth are chipped in Sherman, Texas, you should call North Texas Dental at 903-893-2800 to explore your restoration options.