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Your tooth enamel is strong enough to bite and chew basic foods, yet there are still things that can cause a bad chip on a tooth. This could be as simple as using your teeth as tools or grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.

Even if a chip doesn’t cause pain, you should not delay repairs. This is potentially dangerous because the chipped enamel will inevitably invite bacteria to attempt to exploit it. This could result in tooth decay setting into already compromised tooth enamel.

The severity of the chip will largely influence the treatment option your dentist, Dr. Brent Huckabay, recommends.

A minor chip can often be repaired with a basic filling made from composite resin or amalgam. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, he could possibly recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If the chip is significant or if it’s in a critical part of the tooth, Dr. Brent Huckabay might recommend replacing 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 damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Brent Huckabay might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a dental crown.

If you have a badly chipped tooth in Midland, Texas, you should not delay in calling 432-684-6672 to schedule an appointment at Brent Huckabay D.D.S..