Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are occasions when an accident, hard fall, or a blow to the face can actually fracture one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports with inadequate equipment, or not using your mouth guard. Sometimes these situations can have a significant amount of trauma associated with it.
If you feel a deep, sharp, or persistent pain, or even just increased sensitivity to heat and cold, it most likely means that the fracture has compromised or exposed some of the internal structure of the tooth. In a situation like this Dr. Barry LeJeune might need to restore the tooth with a root canal and a crown. In severe cases the tooth might need to be completely extracted.
Even if a chip doesn’t expose the internal structures of the tooth you should still have Dr. Barry LeJeune examine it. The damaged enamel makes the tooth prone to future issues with tooth decay. In some cases, Dr. Barry LeJeune might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling. If you have multiple teeth in your smile that have been chipped, you might also be interested in having those teeth fitted for dental veneers.
After all the chipped teeth have been repaired by Dr. Barry LeJeune might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to strengthen the remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.
If you have one of more chipped teeth that you would like to have addressed, you should call Dr. Barry LeJeune at (757) 827-9114 to schedule an appointment.