There are several different things that can chip a tooth. Sometimes a minor chip doesn’t cause any discomfort or overt sensitivity. Yet you shouldn’t allow this to lull you into the notion that it doesn’t require professional care with a dentist like Dr. Catalina Phan.
Even if you don’t feel any discomfort in the tooth, the damaged tooth enamel could still start to trap bacterial deposits. This could gradually cause a significant cavity to develop within the tooth.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Catalina Phan always recommends having a chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible.
For a minor chip, she might be able to apply a simple dental filling. If the tooth is visible in your smile, she might recommend a composite dental filling or a porcelain dental veneer. A more significant chip that alters a critical surface of the tooth might need to be restored with a dental crown.
If the chipped tooth causes heightened sensitivity problems, it likely means that damage has affected the sensitive internal tissues of the tooth. To treat a problem like this, Dr. Catalina Phan might need to perform a root canal before restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
If you live in the Campbell, California, area and you’ve suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 408-364-1122 to seek timely treatment at Campbell Dental Care.