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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still things that can chip and fracture it. This is even more likely to be an issue if you don’t use a dental guard and if you grind your teeth regularly. Athletes who forgo using a mouthguard during contact sports are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth.

Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause discomfort, the damaged tooth enamel could still harbor a new cavity. This could quickly compromise an already distressed tooth. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Rebecca Barfield always recommends having a chip repaired at her Little Rock, Arkansas, clinic.

For a minor chip, Dr. Rebecca Barfield might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If it’s on a tooth in your smile, she might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

If the chipped tooth causes heightened sensitivity, it likely means the damage has affected the internal tissues of the tooth. To treat a problem like this, Dr. Rebecca Barfield might need to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged part of the tooth before restoring the entire enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Little Rock, Arkansas, area and you’ve suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 501.228.6360 to seek timely treatment at Jolly Family Dentistry.