When a tooth is chipped by some form of dental trauma, the damage to the tooth enamel can vary in size and severity. Smaller teeth and damage to the biting surface of a back tooth are more likely to cause immediate distress, sensitivity, and discomfort.
Even if you aren’t experiencing a problem with the damaged tooth, you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Jeffrey Lopes.
Without professional treatment the compromised tooth could become increasing prone to dental fractures and dangerous cavities. Either of these complications can prove painful and require expensive treatment measures.
The severity and location of the chip will largely influence the treatment and repair options that Dr. Jeffrey Lopes advocates.
A basic dental filling or cosmetic bonding procedure might be sufficient for repairing the tooth. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, Dr. Jeffrey Lopes might recommend having dental veneers installed onto your teeth.
A large chip, or a dental fracture that influences the tooth’s biting surface might require Dr. Jeffrey Lopes more extensive repairs. More significant damage might require a full restoration of the tooth’s enamel surface with a dental crown.
If you are in the Sonoma, California, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 707-996-6704 to have it treated and repaired at Jeffrey Lopes DMD.