Sometimes something as simple as chewing ice or grinding your teeth while sleeping can create enough force to chip a tooth. The American Association of Endodontists notes that contact sports athletes who don’t wear protective mouth guard are at significantly heightened risk of suffering a dental fracture.
Even if the damaged tooth doesn’t cause initial pain or sensitivity, you should still have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Craig Wada. After a brief examination and X-rays to determine the severity of the damage to the tooth, the dentist can recommend the most effective treatment plan.
If the damage to the tooth is minor, our dentist might be able to repair it a simple dental filling. A more significant dental fracture might not leave enough healthy tooth structure to hold a dental filling. In a case like this, you may need a dental crown. A crown completely replaces the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate material that will mimic the structural integrity of natural tooth enamel.
If you live in the Rocklin, California, area and you have a damaged tooth, you should call 916-630-9048 to schedule an appointment at Placer Prosthodontics Inc..