Your teeth are intended to be hard enough to chew most common foods. However, there are times when significant unnatural force can be applied to a tooth causing a chip in the otherwise durable tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur if you grind your teeth at night, or you have a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils.
Even if a chipped tooth doesn’t cause discomfort, you should still seek dental care at Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar’s clinic. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that bacterial deposits will build up in the distressed tooth enamel causing a severe cavity to develop.
With early diagnosis, Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar might be able to repair a chipped tooth with a composite resin dental filling. If the chip is large or Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar is concerned that the biting surface has been compromised, she might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
Once the tooth has been fully repaired, you might want to take additional measures to limit the behavior that caused the chip in the first place. This might include sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth, or being mindful to break bad habits.
If you are in the Santa Monica, California, area and you have recently chipped a tooth, you should call 310-829-0808 to have it examined and repaired at Smiles Santa Monica. Let our team help you get your best smile today!