There are a variety of things that can cause a chip on one of your teeth. This can come in the form of something traumatic like a sports injury, or suffering from a hard fall around the house. At the same time, people who grind their teeth at night on a frequent basis, or who have a bad habit of improvising their teeth to open packages and cut string can also be at increased risk of suffering a minor dental fracture.
Even if the incident doesn’t cause you any initial pain or sensitivity, you should still have the chipped tooth examined by a reputable dentist like Dr. Stan Scalf. After a brief examination and X-rays to determine the severity of the damage to the tooth, he can present you with the most applicable treatment method.
If the chip or dental fracture only affect a single surface of the tooth, Dr. Scalf might be able to repair it a simple dental filling. However, a more significant dental fracture might not leave enough healthy tooth enamel in the area to anchor a dental filling.
In a case like this, Dr. Scalf might recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate material that will rival the structural integrity of natural tooth enamel.
If you live in the Georgetown, Kentucky, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 502-863-9340 to seek treatment at Stan Scalf DMD.