Tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance that is designed to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew common foods. There are some abnormal activities, like nibbling on foreign objects, using your teeth as tools, or crunching on ice, that can cause a chip in a tooth.
In some cases, the chip doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity or pain. This might tempt you to procrastinate having it repaired. This could be a very dangerous proposition as the damaged enamel likely has microscopic textures that can harbor bacteria and foster tooth decay.
If the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Denny Cho might be able to repair it with a simple dental filling. If the chip is large or if a new area of decay has formed, Dr. Denny Cho might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from an artificial material that is not subject to tooth decay.
If you’ve suffered multiple chips on the teeth in your smile, Dr. Denny Cho might recommend porcelain dental veneers. These are porcelain shells that are cemented over the faces of your teeth to provide you with a white smile that will also resist staining.
If a chipped tooth causes you pain or heightened sensitivity, it could mean the damage has penetrated down into the sensitive dentin or pulp of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Denny Cho might need to perform a root canal. Then, he will cover the remains of the tooth with a dental crown.
If you have suffered a chipped tooth in Salt Lake City, Utah, you should call 801-583-4500 to explore your repair and restoration options at Smile Dental Studio.