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If you grind your teeth at night, or you have a bad habit of chewing on pens and pencils, you could be putting your teeth at increased risk of suffering a chip or dental fracture. At the same time, people who frequently crunch on ice or use their teeth to open packing can also experience damaged tooth enamel on multiple teeth.

Some chips and modest dental fractures cause distress sensitivity when consuming something hot, cold, sweet, or acidic. This could be a sign that the dentin layer of the tooth has also been compromised to some degree.

Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. David Wilhelm the damaged tooth could suffer from a newly developing cavity or a more severe dental fracture. The size, depth, and location of the chip will largely influence the necessary treatment plan.

Sometimes a small area of damaged tooth enamel can be repaired with a simple dental filling or cosmetic bonding treatment. This is more likely to be the case if the chip or fracture hasn’t altered the biting surface of the tooth.

If a large amount of tooth enamel has been lost or the structural integrity of the tooth has been compromised Dr. David Wilhelm might recommend that the tooth is restored with a dental crown. This mode of treatment will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a substance like porcelain or gold.

If you live in the Newport Beach, California area and you have a tooth with a chip or more significant dental fracture, you should call 949-752-1210 to have it treated and repaired at Newport Dental Arts OC.