A complex matrix of dense mineral crystals provides your tooth enamel with the inherent strength and structural integrity to chew food and resist tooth decay. When a tooth is chipped or fractured the compromised area can be at risk for varying complications.
Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause an immediate distress or discomfort the compromised area of tooth enamel could gradually start to trap concentrated bacterial deposits. In time this could foster a severe cavity in the already compromised tooth.
The wisest course of action is to always have a chipped tooth diagnosed and treated by a dentist like Dr. Evan Wheeler. After assessing the severity of the problem, he will help you understand your options for restoring the natural strength and function of the tooth.
Going forward, you might want to take proactive steps to address the cause of the problem to prevent future dental fractures.
Curtailing bad oral habits like nibbling on pens and pencils or biting your fingernails will certainly help prevent chipped teeth. You also should never use your teeth as tools. Crunching down on ice and chewing hard medications should also be addressed
If you live in the Fairbanks, Alaska, area and you have recently chipped or fractured one of your teeth, you can call 907-479-8123 to have it examined and treated at our office.