When a tooth is chipped, the damage to the tooth enamel can vary in severity depending on its size and the surface of the tooth. The compromised structure caused by the chipped tooth enamel could leave the tooth at risk of suffering a more severe fracture.
Even if the tooth remains whole and you don’t feel any initial discomfort, bacterial deposits could gradually start to accumulate fostering a new cavity. Since the tooth has already been compromised the newly developed tooth decay could cause significant complications.
Having a chipped tooth examined early by a dentist can help prevent these problems. If the area of compromised tooth enamel is small he might be able to repair the tooth with simple composite or amalgam filling. Once the tooth and surrounding gums have been numbed, Dr. Chad Ellis will use a dental drill to remove any compromised tooth enamel. This will provide the necessary texture capable of bonding the dental filling for many years.
The material he uses for the dental filling will depend on affected surface and its visibility in your smile. Composite dental fillings mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making it the preferred choice for a visible dental filling. If you live in the Orem and Provo, Utah, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 801-225-5594 to have it treated at The Smile Studio - Dr. Chad Ellis.