If you often find yourself chewing on your fingernails or on hard objects, or you prefer to use your teeth to tear open packages, then you are placing your smile at a high risk of developing a chip or dental fracture in a tooth.
Even if the chip in a tooth is restricted only to the tooth enamel layer, it could result in heightened tooth sensitivity and cause pain when you try to enjoy a treat that is cold, hot, sweet, or acidic. Furthermore, an untreated chip in the tooth enamel could cause the tooth to develop tooth decay.
Treatment for a chipped tooth will depend on the severity of the chip and its location, and Dr. Andrew Atwood will guide you through your tooth repair options.
A minor tooth chip can often be repaired with a basic dental filling or the use of dental bonding, and these conservative treatments are typically recommended to treat the chewing surface of the tooth if it hasn’t been affected by the chip.
If the structural integrity of the tooth has been affected, a dental crown may be the best possible solution because it can restore the full tooth by replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a porcelain or gold material. Dental crowns are cemented in place to restore your tooth to its original function, strength, and appearance.
If you have chipped a tooth and often experience the discomfort of tooth sensitivity due to the injury, we urge you to give Double Take Dental a call at 801-225-1002 today and arrange a visit with our dentist as soon as possible to receive treatment for a chipped tooth in Orem, Utah.