The enamel layer of your teeth is composed of a microscopic mineral crystal structure that is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are still times when something like a fall or a blow to the face can cause chip a part of one or more teeth. This most commonly occurs in the occlusal or biting surface of a tooth.
A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth, is a salient sign that damage has also occurred in the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. This might require Dr. Gregory J. Brandau to perform a root canal to restore the damaged internal structures before replacing the enamel of the tooth with a crown.
Even if a chip doesn’t expose the internal structures of the tooth you should still have Dr. Gregory J. Brandau examine it. The damaged enamel makes the tooth prone to future issues with tooth decay. Sometimes the problem can be addressed with a simple filling. If you have multiple teeth in your smile that have been chipped, you might also be interested in having those teeth fitted for dental veneers.
Once the chipped tooth has been addressed Dr. Gregory J. Brandau might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to strengthen the remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.
If you have one of more chipped teeth that you would like to have addressed, please feel free to call Dr. Gregory J. Brandau at 941-926-9888 to schedule an appointment.