A chip to one or more of your teeth can seriously compromised the function of your mouth and your ability to chew food. A chipped tooth is most commonly caused by accidental blows to the face. However, you are even more likely to suffer a fractured tooth if you grind your teeth at night, nibble on objects like pens and pencils or participate in contact sports without the benefit of a mouth guard.
If the chip is on one of the teeth in your smile, it could also impact your physical appearance and leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations.
Many people with one or more chips on their teeth will seek out Dr. Julia Gourley to explore their restoration options.
Minor chips can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling or a cosmetic bonding procedure. A chip on a tooth in your smile might be addressed by fitting your smile for dental veneers.
A more significant chip, or modest fracture in the enamel layer of a tooth can be a serious cause for concern. Even if the chip doesn’t cause pain, it will create a surface for bacteria to foster tooth decay. In a situation like this Dr. Julia Gourley will often recommend having the seriously chipped tooth restored by installing a crown.
If you have a chipped tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should contact Dr. Julia Gourley at 360-423-5580 to schedule an appointment.