Tooth enamel is a very hard substance made from microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the amazing strength to bite, chew, and grind hard foods. Unfortunately, there are still times when a tooth can be chipped by grinding your teeth or chewing on a foreign object.
A chipped tooth can vary in severity. However, even a small chip that doesn’t cause you any immediate distress, still requires treatment by a dentist. As time goes on, bacterial deposits could become trapped in the microscopic fissures in the tooth enamel. This could cause a severe cavity to develop in an already compromised tooth.
Dr. Thomas Bell might be able to repair a small chip with a standard dental filling. Once it has been applied and cured by an ultraviolet light the restored tooth will serve you for many long years ahead.
A large chip or a dental fracture that compromises a critical area of the tooth might need restoration with a dental crown. This treatment method will completely replicate the entire tooth enamel layer composed of either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.
If you live in the La Grange, Illinois, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 708.469.6006 to have it examined and repaired at Thomas Bell, DDS.