The enamel layer on each of your teeth is made from microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the hardness they need. However, there are still things like an accidental hard fall, a blow to the face, or a sports related injury that can have enough concentrated force to crack one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports with an inadequate mouth guard or you have a bad habit of chewing on objects like pencils and pens.
At first, the trauma of the accident might be shocking and cause short term pain. If the initial pain subsides after a few minutes, it could mean the crack is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.
If the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth it can often be repaired by a filling. If you have multiple chips on the teeth in your smile, then Dr. Jorge Pinera might recommend having porcelain dental veneers cemented over the faces of these teeth. This can also help to resolve any secondary staining issues you’ve been struggling with.
If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling Dr. Jorge Pinera might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a crown.
If you experience a persistent ache, sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it could mean the chip has penetrated down into the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Dr. Jorge Pinera might need to perform a root canal, or potentially extract the whole tooth, before restoring it by other means.
If one or more of your teeth are chipped, you need to call Dr. Jorge Pinera at 281-531-1000 to explore your restoration options.