Unnatural applied by bad oral habits like nibbling on foreign objects or using your teeth as tools can sometimes chip or potentially fracture a tooth’s enamel layer. A similar problem could be caused by chronic night grinding or failing to use a protective mouthguard during vigorous sports.
When a tooth is chipped the severity of the damage can vary depending on the area affected as well as the size and location of the tooth.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause any immediate sensitivity or discomfort, you should still have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Michele S Tratos before new complications arise. Without timely professional attention the compromised tooth could be susceptible to tooth decay or a more severe dental fracture.
A tooth with a small fracture that doesn’t affect the biting surface might be treated by having our dentist apply a simple dental filling. To do this he will numb the tooth and local gum tissues before carefully removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel.
The dental filling material used to treat the tooth will depend on affected surface as well as how visible it will be when you smile. After it has been applied our dentist will harden the dental filling to restore the tooth’s essential function.
If you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area and you have recently chipped or fractured a tooth, you should call 702-369-8730 to have it examined and treated at Michele S Tratos.