There are many things that can lead to a chipped tooth. A tooth can be damaged from chewing on things such as pens or ice. A blow to the face, or a fall can result in damage to a tooth. If you grind or clench your teeth, you run the risk of chipping a tooth.
Even if a chip in your tooth is not causing you any discomfort, you should still contact Dr. Daniel McKay at Daniel McKay, DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry for an evaluation. The chipped area can become home to plaque and bacteria which will eventually lead to tooth decay.
The dentist might be able to use a simple filling to repair a chip or small dental fracture. If the damage is visible in your smile he might recommend a composite dental filling or a porcelain dental veneer. A more significant chip that alters the chewing or biting surface of the tooth might need to be restored with a crown.
If you are feeling persistent pain or severe sensitivity, it may mean that the damage has affected the internal tissues of the tooth. To treat a problem like this your dentist might need to perform a root canal before restoring the tooth with a crown.
If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 206-381-3055 to seek timely treatment at Daniel McKay, DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry.