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Tooth enamel can sometimes be chipped or fractured by abnormal forces beyond the normal hardness of the foods you eat. This could come from nervously nibbling on desktop objects, using your teeth to open a container or a bad habit of failing to use a protective mouth guard at the necessary times.

Without professional attention from an experienced dentist like Dr. Bartholemew Schultz a chipped tooth could gradually start to trap bacterial deposits in the textures of the damaged tooth enamel. This could cause a severe cavity to develop deep within the already compromised tooth.    

The severity of the trauma to the tooth’s enamel layer and the surface location will determine the treatment strategy that Dr. Schultz might recommend. If the compromised area of tooth enamel is minimal Dr. Schultz might be able to repair it by installing a simple dental filling. We use tooth-colored composite resin fillings at our practice. 

It’s also worth noting that a more significant dental fracture might require a dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel with a special dental material like base metals, gold alloy, or dental grade porcelain-ceramic.

If you live in the Savage, Minnesota, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 952-894-2545 to have it examined and treated at Smiles of Distinction’s dental offices.