Individuals who grind their teeth while sleeping or who struggle to curtail bad oral habits like nibbling on pens and pencils can potentially suffer from multiple chipped teeth. When this happens the damage to the tooth and its enamel layer can vary.
Even if the chipped teeth don’t cause immediate discomfort or sensitivity, the compromised tooth enamel could eventually foster a new area of tooth decay. It’s best to have all affected teeth examined by a dentist like Dr. Steven Rodriguez.
If a chip in a particular tooth is relatively small, he might be able to treat it by installing a simple dental filling. This will essentially seal the void to prevent bacterial deposits from building up.
Once he has prepared the tooth enamel surface and applied the dental filling material Dr. Rodriguez will harden it with a special ultraviolet light. This will secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
However, a dental crown restoration might be needed if a tooth’s enamel layer has been significantly damaged or an area of tooth decay has started to develop. This mode of treatment will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material.
If you are in the Flint, Michigan, area and you have one or more chipped teeth, please call 810-720-6433 to have it examined and treated at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint. We look forward to helping you with your oral care needs!