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Your tooth enamel is composed of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This gives your teeth the strength to bite, chew and grind hard foods. As hard as the enamel is, there are some situations, like grinding your teeth, nibbling on pens and pencils, or suffering a blow to the face, that can carry enough force to chip tooth enamel.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, we might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

There are some cases when the fracture can be so severe that it damages the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms of this include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. In a case like this, our dentist might need to perform a root canal.

If the crack is extreme or if the tooth has completely split, he might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed, he can help you understand your replacement options. The two most common methods are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, call Quincy Center Dental Associates right away. We will make sure you get the care you need. As always, Dr. Nathaniel Chan is eager to help in any way he can.