A Chipped Tooth Needs Treatment Before Tooth Decay Can Affect the Tooth

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It’s possible for a chipped tooth to be devoid of heightened sensitivity or any other discomfort. This might lull you into thinking the tooth doesn’t require professional care at Oconee Dental, PC’s Watkinsville, Georgia clinic. However, this could prove to be a grave error in judgement.

As time goes by, bacterial residue could build up in the damaged tooth enamel, fostering an area of tooth decay to develop. Since the tooth has already been compromised, the bacterial presence could spread quickly and deeply to threaten the dentin and pulp of the tooth.

The severity and location of the chip will influence the treatment options your dentist presents.

A small chip in a non-critical location on the tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic amalgam or composite filling. If the filling will be visible in your smile, your dentist can shade composite-resin to seamlessly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

A large chip located on the biting surface of a tooth might require our dentists to fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown. This will create a perfect replica in an alternate material such as gold, dental-grade porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

If you live in the Watkinsville, Georgia area and you’ve suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 706-769-1659 to explore your treatment and restoration options at Oconee Dental, PC’s dental offices.