When healthy, your tooth enamel is harder than some of your bones. Even still, there are times when one or more teeth can suffer chips. This might be as extreme as a blow to the face or as mundane as grinding your teeth at night. In general, the severity of the chip will directly influence the treatment method needed to repair it.
If a chipped tooth doesn’t cause you any pain, you might be tempted to simply forgo having it repaired. This could pose some disastrous complications later down the road. The chipped tooth enamel has the potential to trap food particles and plaque. This could create a prime breeding ground for tooth decay. Once it’s attacked, the compromised enamel can give way, allowing decay to set into the deep interior structures of the tooth.
If the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Corey Johnson, might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Corey Johnson 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, then Dr. Corey Johnson might recommend having dental veneers cemented over the faces of those teeth. This can also help resolve any secondary staining issues on those teeth.
If you experience a persistent ache or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it could mean the damage has penetrated down into the sensitive dentin or pulp of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Corey Johnson might need to perform a root canal or might need to extract the whole tooth before restoring it with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If one or more of your teeth are chipped, you need to call Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. at 970-945-9119 to understand your treatment options in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.