The tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth is intended to be hard enough to bite, chew and grind food. It is not necessarily strong enough to handle the unnatural forces that could be applied by nibbling on foreign objects or using your teeth as improvised tools.
In some of these instances the tooth enamel on a single tooth might be chipped or fractured. The damage to the tooth can range in severity.
Even if the damaged tooth isn’t in pain, the wisest course of action is to have it examined by a l dentist like Dr. Amanda Rhoades as soon as possible. Without timely professional attention the affected tooth could become increasingly vulnerable to tooth decay or a more severe dental fracture.
If the compromised area of tooth enamel is small he might be able to treat the tooth by applying a simple dental filling. To do this he will numb the tooth and local gum tissues before carefully removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel.
The dental filling material he uses in the treatment process will depend on affected surface and how visible it will be when you smile. Once it has been installed he will harden the dental filling to restore the natural function of the tooth.
If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 513-231-7474 to have it examined and treated at Eastern Hills Dental.