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In some cases, a chipped tooth doesn’t cause pain or discomfort, so it might tempt you to ignore seeking treatment and repair. Procrastinating the problem can pose some significant consequences. The chipped enamel can trap residual food particles and plaque and eventually harbor a serious area of tooth decay.

With this in mind, your dentist, Dr. Chris A. Gipe, encourages patients to seek treatment and repair of any chipped tooth. The severity of the chip will largely influence the options that he recommends.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of your teeth have chips, he might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If the chip is significant, or if it’s in a critical part of the tooth, Dr. Chris A. Gipe might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloy.

In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in the damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case for you, Dr. Chris A. Gipe might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.

If you have one or more chipped teeth in Los Alamitos, California, you should not delay in contacting Preferred Dental Care at 562-431-1349 to prevent tooth decay from setting in.