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The tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth is made from a complex matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. The general density gives your teeth the necessary structural integrity to bite, and chew food before swallowing.

When a tooth is chipped by some unnatural force, the damage can vary in severity depending on the overall health of the tooth, and the location of the dental fracture. Even if the damage is limited to the tooth enamel layer, it could cause increase sensitivity and discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things. Without treatment from a dentist like Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS chipped tooth enamel could even start to develop a large cavity.

The severity and location of the chip will largely influence the treatment method that Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS advocates

Minor dental fractures can sometimes be repaired with a simple dental filling or cosmetic bonding treatment. This is more likely to be the case if the damage doesn’t alter the biting surface of the tooth.

If a chip compromises the structural integrity of the tooth might need to be restored with a dental crown. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a substance like porcelain or gold. Once it has been cemented in place it will restore the full strength and function of the tooth.

If you live in the Owasso, Oklahoma area and you a chipped tooth, you should call 918-272-0707 to have it treated and repaired at Renaissance Dental.