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An Untreated Chipped Tooth Could Eventually Fracture

When a tooth has chipped, the damage to the tooth enamel layer is sometimes minimal. Sometimes this does little more than alter the tooth’s appearance or cause some minor sensitivity when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things.

However, you should not let the lack of immediate distress prevent lure you into leaving the tooth untreated. The compromised tooth enamel could be at increased risk of suffering more severe complications in the future.

Even if a new area of tooth decay doesn’t develop in the chipped tooth enamel, the compromised structural integrity of the tooth could increase your chances of suffering a significant dental fracture.

The most appropriate method of treatment will be based on the chip’s location on the tooth and the location of the tooth in your mouth.

Sometimes Dr. Keith Kitchens can repair a chipped tooth with a common dental filling. If the biting surface has been affected or a new cavity has developed in the tooth, he might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you are in the Alpharetta, Georgia, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 770-569-7580 to have it examined and treated by the dental care specialists at Windward Dental Care