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If you play a contact sport without the use of a protective mouthguard, you are at increased risk of chipping a tooth. This could also be a problem if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects or if you use your teeth as tools. Should a chip occur in the enamel layer of one of your teeth, you might be tempted to forgo dental care at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA. However, this could prove to be a serious error in judgment.

Even if you don’t feel pain, discomfort, or heightened sensitivity in the tooth, you are still at risk of significant complications. As time goes by, the damaged tooth enamel might start to trap stray food particles and plaque. This easily promotes tooth decay in an already compromised tooth.

To prevent these problems from afflicting the tooth, you should seek timely dental care and treatment at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA. The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will determine the method Dr. Sarah Frye recommends for repairing the tooth.

If the chip is small, she might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If a blow to the face has caused chips on multiple teeth, she might recommend dental veneers.

In the case of a large chip, your dentist might recommend a dental crown restoration. If the damage extends deep into the pulp or root of the tooth, the treatment could involve a root canal.

If you live in the Lexington, North Carolina, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 336.248.5057 to have it examined and treated at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA.