A tooth can be chipped in several different ways. It is even more likely to be an issue if you have problems with maintaining strong tooth enamel, or you have a bad habit of not wearing a protective mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
Even if you don’t experience any initial pain or discomfort you should still have the tooth examined and treated by a reputable dentist like Dr. Bradley Adkins. If the tooth isn’t addressed in a reasonable amount of time the structural deficiency could lead to a more severe dental fracture.
The treatment plan Dr. Bradley Adkins advocates will be based on the chip’s location on the tooth and the location of the tooth in your mouth.
Dr. Bradley Adkins can sometimes repair a chipped tooth with a dental filling made from composite resin or metallic amalgam. If the biting surface has been affected or a new cavity has developed in the tooth, he might recommend using an inlay or onlay dental filling.
If the tooth has been significantly distressed Dr. Bradley Adkins might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
If you are in the New Bern, North Carolina, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 252-633-2876 to have it examined and treated by the dental care specialists at Adkins Dentistry.