Small chips and minor fractures that affect a tooth’s enamel layer can sometimes appear benign yet they could harbor latent trouble in the future. Even if the affected tooth doesn’t cause any immediate distress you should still have the tooth examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Barrie Suzanne Zweier.
If the compromised tooth isn’t treated and repaired in a reasonable amount of time, bacterial deposits could start to collect in the damaged tooth enamel fostering the development of tooth decay.
The severity of the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer will determine the treatment plan Dr. Barrie Suzanne Zweier advocates.
This might involve installing a dental filling to cover the void or performing a dental crown restoration to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer.
After the tooth has been treated and repaired Dr. Barrie Suzanne Zweier will help you understand your options for preventing future dental fractures. This might involve curtailing a bad habit like nervously chewing on desktop items and using your teeth to open packages.
If it’s warranted she might also recommend using a quality mouth guard during athletics or sleeping at night with a protective dental guard in your mouth.
If you live in the Logan, Ohio, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 740-380-1333 to have it examined the treated at Logan Family Dental’s dental offices.