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Sometimes something as simple as unconsciously grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth to open a package can exert enough force to chip or fracture a tooth’s enamel layer. When this happens you will likely experience heightened sensitivity and discomfort in the fractured tooth.

In the rare instance where the fractured tooth doesn’t cause you physical distress, you still need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Carol Halloran. If you forgo professional treatment residual food material and plaque can start to accumulate in the chipped tooth enamel. In time this could cause a new area of tooth decay to develop deep within the already compromised tooth.

After examining the severity of the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer our dentist will help you understand your treatment options.

If the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer is minor and the rest of the tooth is otherwise healthy and strong, she might be able to treat the tooth by applying a dental filling. The process involves removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel to prepare a proper surface texture to bond the dental filling material.

Once it has been applied and hardened your newly treated tooth should last for many long years to come.

If you live in the Waterloo, Iowa, area and you have a chipped, or fractured tooth, you should call 319.291.3908 to have it diagnosed and treated at Crossroads Dental.