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While your tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance, there are still things that can chip it. This could be as overt and traumatic as a blow to the face or it could be more of a mundane cause, like grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, nibbling on foreign objects, or using your teeth as tools. This chip creates an environment that fosters bacteria, which could invite a new area of tooth decay to form.

Here at Barras Family Dentistry, your dentist, Dr. Brock Barras, might be able to repair a small chip with a standard dental filling. The ideal material will be determined by the chip’s location on the tooth, its size, and the tooth’s prevalence in your smile.

If the chip is large or on the biting surface of a tooth, your dentist might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process that involves your dentist replacing the tooth enamel with a nearly perfect replica made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys.

In rare cases, a chip might go deep enough and damage the pulp or root of a tooth. Should this happen, your dentist will need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth. Then, he can restore the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you have a chipped tooth in Lafayette, Louisiana, you should call (337) 443-4912 to have it examined, treated and repaired at Barras Family Dentistry.