Tooth enamel is intended to be hard enough to withstand the rigors of biting and chewing food. Yet there are some things that can exceed the mineral strength of the tooth causing a chip or dental fracture. This could be the result of chronic night grinding, crunching on ice, or a bad habit of nervously nibbling on pencils and pens.
If you forgo professional treatment from a dentist, the compromised structure of the tooth could increase your chances of suffering a more severe dental fracture. Even if the tooth remains fully intact, a cavity could buildup in the area which could quickly spread to the inner dentin or pulp layer of the tooth.
With timely attention, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might be able to repair the chipped tooth by applying a simple dental filling.
This mode of treatment starts with your dentist numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to prepare the remaining tooth enamel. This will create the necessary surface capable of bonding the dental filling material.
Composite resin is a common dental filling material that Dr. J. Brandon Allen uses in this type of application. Once it has been applied, he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you live in the Bullard, Texas, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 903-710-2309 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Bullard Family Dentistry.