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Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. It allows you to bite into, chew and grind hard foods. Unfortunately, there are rare situations when an accidental fall or blow to the face can actually chip the enamel on one or more teeth. This is even more likely if you grind your teeth at night on a frequent basis or if you have a bad habit of nibbling on things like pencils and pens.

The depth and severity of the chip will greatly influence the restoration options that your dentist, Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer, recommends.

If you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity, it probably means that the chip is limited to the tooth’s enamel layer. Your dentist might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If the tooth is visible in your smile, they might recommend a porcelain dental veneer. However, a significant chip might require total restoration with a dental crown.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth often means that the damage extends deep into the tooth, exposing the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth before restoring it with a dental crown.

If you have recently chipped a tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options in Centreville, Virginia, you should call Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 703.994.4626 to schedule an appointment.