There are several things that can chip or fracture a tooth. It could be something as significant as a sports injury or a bad fall or something as mundane as using your teeth to open a package. People who grind their teeth at night without the protection of a night guard are at increased risk of suffering chips and fractures on multiple teeth.
If one of your teeth is damaged you should strongly consider having it treated at John J. Andre, DDS & Associates in Louisa, Virginia. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to have the fracture collect bacterial deposits. As this starts to happen the already compromised tooth will be at increased risk of suffering a severe cavity.
Sometimes a small dental fracture can be repaired with a basic composite or amalgam filling. This is more likely to be the case if a non-essential surface of the tooth was damaged.
If the fracture is large or if it compromises the biting surface of the tooth, Dr. John J. Andre might recommend a fully restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
This piece of dental work is designed to fully replicate the original tooth enamel layer with a material such as porcelain, gold, or a metallic alloy. The dental crown itself is hollow so it can be anchored on an abutment formed internal dentin layer of the tooth.
If you live in the Louisa, Virginia, area and you have suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call (540) 967-0777 to have it treated and repaired at John J. Andre, DDS & Associates.