The enamel of your teeth is made up of a strong microscopic crystalline structure. Unfortunately, there are some that can the enamel even if there is no tooth decay present. It’s not uncommon for a blow to the face, grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth as tools, to cause chips, cracks or minor fractures in your tooth enamel.
If one of your teeth is damaged in this way, you should call us as soon as possible. We can assess the situation, and schedule an appointment to remedy the problem.
Pain in the tooth is a very clear sign of something being wrong with the internal structure. So it’s absolutely imperative to have the tooth repaired before tooth decay can set in. If a crack or fracture goes deep enough to damage the dentin layer or root within, your dentist might have to perform a root canal or replace the enamel with a crown.
If the enamel is damaged without causing harm to the interior of the tooth. It can sometimes be repaired through cosmetic bonding. This procedure involves the dentist filling damaged enamel with a special resin that is color matched to your enamel.
In some situations, minor chips can be address by blending the edges into the enamel through a dental contouring procedure.
If you have cracked, fractured or chipped tooth you should call us immediately at (540) 989-6600 to schedule an appointment.