Chips and minor dental fractures from mundane sources, like biting your nails, nibbling on pens, or using your teeth as tools, rarely cause significant damage. Most of the time the damage is limited to the shallow layers of the tooth enamel and they don’t cause significant sensitivity.
However, you shouldn’t let the lack of discomfort lull you into procrastinating professional treatment. The area could gradually come to harbor bacteria and promote new tooth decay.
For a small cavity that is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might be able to repair it with a simple filling.
If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a dental crown.
If you have multiple chips on the teeth in your smile, then Dr. J. Brandon Allen might recommend having porcelain dental veneers cemented over the faces of the teeth. This can also help resolve any secondary staining issues on these teeth.
If you experience heightened sensitivity, it could mean the damage has managed to penetrate the sensitive dentin or pulp of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might need to perform a root canal or potentially extract the whole tooth before restoring it with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If you’ve recently suffered a minor dental fracture in Bullard, Texas, you should not delay in calling 903-710-2309 to have it repaired at Bullard Family Dentistry.