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If you grind your teeth at night without the protection of a dental guard, or if you have a bad habit of chewing on foreign objects, then you are at increased risk of suffering a chip on one of your teeth. Even if the damaged tooth doesn’t cause you discomfort, you should not procrastinate seeking professional dental care at The Art of Dentistry.

As time goes by, the microscopic textures in the tooth enamel can trap bacterial matter. This could foster tooth decay within an already weakened tooth.

The severity and location of the chip will largely influence the necessary treatment Dr. Ronald A. Williams suggests.

Dr. Ronald A. Williams might be able to repair a minor chip with a basic filling made from composite resin or amalgam. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, he could possibly recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If a chip is large or on a critical location on a tooth, he might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy.

In extreme case, a dental fracture could potentially damage the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Ronald A. Williams might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before mounting a crown.

If you live in the Davison, Michigan, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 810.653.3503 to seek treatment at The Art of Dentistry.