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Even though your tooth enamel is very hard, there are still things that can cause a chip on a tooth. This might be as overt and traumatic as a blow to the face or it could have a more mundane cause. Something, like grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, nibbling on foreign objects, or using your teeth as tools, can also cause a chip in tooth enamel.

If chipped tooth enamel isn’t repaired in a timely manner, it could invite a new area of tooth decay to form. The depth and severity of the chip will influence the treatment options that our dentist, Dr. Rafael A. Perez, will need to employ to effectively repair the tooth.

If the chip is limited to the tooth enamel, Dr. Rafael A. Perez might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If it’s on a tooth in your smile, he might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth likely means that the damage has penetrated deep into the tooth, exposing the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Rafael A. Perez might need to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged part of the tooth before restoring the entire enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you have recently chipped a tooth in Wichita Falls, Texas, you should call Stone Lake Dental at 940-692-2851 to understand your treatment and repair options.