There are several things that can cause a chipped tooth. This could be something as traumatic as an unprotected blow to the face during contact sports or it could come from a more mundane source. Indeed, a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils or using your teeth as tools can also cause a chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.
Procrastinating treatment for a chipped tooth could invite a new area of tooth decay to form. The depth and severity of the chip will influence the treatment options that Dr. Aram Cazazian will advocate.
A minor chip in a tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic dental filling. If a filling is called for, it will likely be made from either composite resin or amalgam. The filling material your dentist recommends will be based on the tooth’s visibility in your smile.
If the chip is large or on the biting surface of a tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process that replaces the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys.
If you have suffered a chipped tooth in Bayside, New York, you should call (718) 423-7009 to have it examined and treated at Bayside Family Dentistry.