Even though your tooth enamel is harder than your bones, there are still situations that can cause chips on your teeth. In some cases, it could be a blow to the face. In other cases, it’s possible to chip a tooth from a more mundane cause, like grinding your teeth at night or nibbling on pens and pencils.
The severity of the chip will influence the repair and restoration options that your dentist, Dr. Michael Mullen, recommends.
Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of your teeth have chips, we might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth. If the chips are not repaired in a timely manner, the enamel could invite tooth decay to set in.
If a chip is significant, or if it’s in a critical part of the tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a Procera® dental crown. This all-ceramic restoration looks natural and will protect the affected tooth from infection.
In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, our dentist might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.
If you have a chipped tooth in El Paso, Texas, we invite you to call Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. at 915-593-1900 to explore your treatment and repair options.