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The biting surfaces of your teeth play an essential role in your basic oral function. The teeth in the front of your mouth have a narrow edge for biting off pieces of hard and tough foods. The large molars and premolars in the back of your mouth tend to have textured occlusal tooth enamel to help grind and chew food for safe swallowing.

If you have a bad habit of chewing medications, crunching on ice, or chewing on foreign objects, you could be putting your back teeth at risk of suffering a dental fracture. This could also occur if you grind your teeth while sleeping without the protection of a dental guard.  

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you need to have it examined and treated by an experienced dentist like Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar.

Sometimes, our dentist can repair a minor fracture by installing an inlay or onlay dental restoration. If the traumatized area is limited to the tooth’s occlusal surface of the tooth, she might recommend an inlay. An onlay is intended to repair tooth enamel damage that extends beyond the biting surface to compromise a large amount of tooth enamel.

More significant dental fractures or large cavities that affect your teeth might require Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar to perform a dental crown restoration. This treatment will effectively replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a material like gold, base metals, or dental grade porcelain.  

If you are in the Santa Monica, California, area, and if you have a compromised tooth, you should call 310-829-0808 to have it examined and treated at Smiles Santa Monica.