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Your tooth enamel has been designed to be strong enough to handle the daily wear and tear of biting and chewing food. Unfortunately, there are still times when a blow to the face or other activity can chip a tooth. This is even more likely to happen if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, use your teeth as tools, or have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects.

Even if a chip doesn’t cause pain, you should not put off having it repaired. This is potentially dangerous because the chipped enamel will inevitably invite bacteria to exploit it. This could result in a new area of tooth decay setting into already compromised tooth enamel.

With this in mind, your dentist, Dr. Spear, encourages patients to have any chipped tooth addressed.

The severity of the chip will largely influence the treatment and repair options that he recommends.

A minor chip can often be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of your teeth have chips, he might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If a chip is significant, or if it’s in a critical part of a tooth, Dr. Spear might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloy.

In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Spear might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.

If you have one more chipped teeth in Fort Worth, Texas, you should call 817.920.1488 to have it treated and repaired at Brent A. Spear, DDS.