Even though your tooth enamel is hard, there are still several things that can actually chip or fracture tooth enamel. This might be as traumatic as a blow to the face or it could be more mundane, like grinding your teeth, using your teeth as tools or nibbling on pens and pencils. The severity of the fracture will determine the treatment method that your dentist, Dr. Jeremy Dull, recommends to repair the tooth.
In some cases, a minor fracture might only damage the tooth enamel. This often can be repaired with a filling or dental crown in Monroe, Michigan.
If you experience a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth, it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. This usually requires the dentist to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth and form an abutment to later anchor a crown in place.
If the fracture is minor but located on a tooth that is visible in your smile, then we might be able to cement a dental veneer in place or restore the tooth with a cosmetic porcelain crown.
If you have a fractured or chipped tooth, you should call Monroe Family Dentistry at 734-241-6550 to have it examined, treated and repaired.