The American Association of Endodontists notes that chipped tooth enamel is one of the most common forms of dental trauma. While this can be caused by sports accidents, people who grind their teeth at night are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth.
Should this befall you, it’s wise to have the chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible at Dr. Amandeep Gill’s dental office in Modesto, California. Without professional treatment, the compromised area of tooth enamel could start to passively trap food particles and bacterial matter. This could cause a severe cavity to form in the previously healthy tooth.
If the chip is small and the damage is limited to the tooth enamel layer Dr. Amandeep Gill might be able to repair it with a basic composite resin dental filling. This is a special type of dental material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.
If the fractured tooth compromises a large area of tooth enamel, or the biting surface of the tooth has been traumatized Dr. Amandeep Gill might recommend restoring it with a porcelain dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a special dental grade porcelain. This material can be shaded to perfectly match the neighboring teeth.
If you live in the Modesto, California, area, and you have a chipped tooth in your smile, you should call (209) 566-1986 to seek timely treatment at Gill Family Dentistry.