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The enamel layer of your teeth is hard and durable enough to let you bite off and chew hard foods. However, there are times when a fall or blow to the face can actually chip one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without having the protection of a mouth guard or if you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis.

Most chips are limited to the enamel layer of a tooth. However, if you experience a sharp pain or heightened sensitivity, it might mean that the damage has penetrated the dentin or pulp of the tooth. This could require a root canal to effectively repair.

Even if a chip is limited to the enamel layer and doesn’t cause pain, you should still have it looked at. The compromised surface area can quickly harbor tooth decay. Since some of the tooth enamel is missing, any decay that forms in a chip can quickly spread deep into the tooth.

Your dentist at 21st Century Dental Care might be able to repair a minor chip with a filling. If the chip has caused significant damage to the enamel layer, then he might recommend fitting the tooth for a dental crown in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The crown will effectively replace all of the tooth enamel with a material such as porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Dr. Vitaly Friedman at (908) 604-5959 to explore your options for treatment and repair.