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Individuals who have bad oral habits like crunching on ice, chewing medications or using teeth to open packaging are at increased risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth. At the same time athletes who fail to use a protective mouth guard during vigorous athletics are also likely to suffer a dental fracture.

Even if the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer doesn’t cause you any distress or discomfort, you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Chris A. Gipe. Timely treatment can help prevent the buildup of bacterial deposits in the affected area which could lead to severe tooth decay.

After assessing the severity of the damage to the tooth he will help you understand your treatment options. If the structural integrity of the tooth’s biting surface hasn’t been compromised and the damaged area is small he might be able to treat the tooth by installing a dental filling.

This outpatient treatment involves him numbing the tooth and surrounding gums before carefully removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel. The prepared surface will then have sufficient texture to secure the dental filling material.

If the treated area will be prevalent when you smile our dentist might use a composite dental filling, which can be shaded to seamlessly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Los Alamitos, California, area, and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 562-431-1349 to have it treated at Preferred Dental Care.