There are various mundane things that can cause a chip in one or more of your teeth. It could be as simple as grinding your teeth at night or nibbling absentmindedly on pencils or pens. When your tooth enamel is chipped, it can create hard-to-clean areas that trap food particles and plaque. In time, this could invite tooth decay to form in an otherwise healthy tooth.
To prevent this from happening, our dentist, Dr. Michael Taylor, encourages all of our patients to have a chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible. The severity of the damage will determine the method we recommend for repairing the tooth.
If a large chip compromises a significant amount of tooth enamel, our dentist will likely recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown. If one or more teeth are deeply chipped and cause pain or hypersensitivity, they might need to perform a root canal to remove the damaged internal structures of the tooth before fitting it with a dental crown.
If you have small chips on multiple teeth in your smile, our dentist might be able to fit you for a set of porcelain dental veneers. These are porcelain shells that cover the faces of the teeth. They will effectively address the chips and give you a white and winning smile.
If you have chips on one or more teeth, please call Blue Ridge Dentistry at 828-264-3333 to explore your treatment and repair options in Boone, North Carolina. We wish you a very happy, healthy, smile-filled holiday!