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, DDS at McKay Center for Cosmetic and 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 [heshe] 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 to seek timely treatment at McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry.
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.