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A chip on one or more of your teeth can be a serious cause for concern. Chips can come from any variety of sources, including something as traumatic as a blow to the face or something as mundane as nibbling on a pencil. Your chances of suffering a chipped tooth increases if you also have a tendency to grind your teeth at night on a regular basis.

Even if the chipped tooth does not cause you pain, should not ignore it. The damaged enamel can eventually come to harbor tooth decay. Since the enamel has already been compromised by the chip, the chances of the decay penetrating deep into the interior of the tooth is even higher.

A minor chip in a tooth can sometimes be repaired by a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If a filling is needed, it will likely be made from either porcelain, composite resin, gold or amalgam. The chosen filling material will be influenced by the chip’s location on the tooth, its size and its prevalence in your smile.

If the chip is too significant to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process that involves all of the tooth enamel being removed. Then, an impression will be cast of the internal core of the tooth. A temporary crown will be secured over the top to protect the tooth while a dental lab technician works to create your crown.

You will then need to come back in for a second appointment to have the crown cemented in place.

If you have a chip on one of your teeth in Plano, Texas, you should not delay in contacting Legacy Trails Dental at 214-227-1000 to have it diagnosed and treated by your dentist.