A chipped tooth from a hard fall or other oral trauma can be a serious cause for concern. Even if a chip doesn’t cause pain, you should not procrastinate seeking professional care. The chipped tooth enamel will inevitably invite bacteria to attempt to exploit it. This could result in a new cavity setting into already compromised tooth enamel.
The severity of the chip will largely influence the necessary treatment.
Sometimes Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs can repair a minor chip with a basic filling made from composite resin or amalgam. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, he might possibly recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.
If a chip is large or on a critical part of a tooth, Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy.
In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a dental crown.
If you live in the Tomball, Texas, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 281-205-4717 to have it professionally treated at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates.