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Your tooth enamel has been designed to be hard enough to bite, chew and grind hard and tough foods. Unfortunately, there are times when certain activities can apply such unnatural force that it can chip or even fracture a tooth. This could be something like a blow to the face in contact sports or something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night.

Without timely treatment, the fractured enamel could trap food particles and plaque, causing a dangerous area of tooth decay. The severity of the fracture will dictate the treatment and repair options that your dentist, Dr. Brent Huckabay, recommends.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, we might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If a chip is large or on a critical part of a tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloy.

In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in the damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.

If you have one or more chipped teeth in Midland, Texas, you should call Brent Huckabay D.D.S. at 432-684-6672 to explore your treatment and repair options.