There are certain activities that can chip a tooth. While it could be as traumatic as a blow to the face, there are other mundane things, like grinding your teeth at night or nibbling on foreign objects, that can also chip a tooth. Even if the chip isn’t painful, you should still have Dr. Brian Scaff treat it. The damaged tooth enamel could later harbor tooth decay.
The severity of the chip will influence the treatment your dentist recommends for repairing and restoring it.
If you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity in the tooth, it probably means the chip is limited to the tooth enamel. Dr. Brian Scaff might be able to repair it with a simple filling. Or, if it’s on a tooth that is visible in your smile, he might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.
A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth likely means that the damage has penetrated deep into the tooth, exposing the dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Brian Scaff might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth and restore the entire enamel layer with a dental crown.
If you have just chipped a tooth in Austin, Texas, you should call our office at 512-792-2688 to have it examined, treated and repaired.