A chipped tooth can often be a nuisance causing sensitivity or an uncomfortable change in surface texture. Yet some chipped teeth don’t cause any overt discomfort, and might even seem easily forgettable.
If the chipped area of tooth enamel isn’t treated and repaired in a reasonable amount of time, bacterial deposits could start to collect in the area. This could gradually foster a severe case of tooth decay in the already compromised tooth.
The treatment plan advocated by John Blake, DDS, PC’s dentist, Dr. John P. Blake, will vary depending on the severity and location of the fractured tooth enamel.
A minor chip that doesn’t affect the tooth’s biting surface might be repaired by installing a dental filling. This will essentially cover the void with a material like metallic amalgam or composite resin.
If the tooth has been severely damaged, Dr. John P. Blake might recommend performing a dental crown restoration. This treatment process is designed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate substance like porcelain-ceramic, gold, or an alloy of base metals.
Once the tooth has been effectively treated, he will help you understand your options for preventing future dental fractures. This might involve curtailing a bad habit like nervously chewing on desktop items and using your teeth to open containers.
If you live in the Lake Orion, Michigan, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 248.693.5800 to have it examined the treated at our office.