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There are several different things that can cause a chip on one of your teeth. While a dental accident can certainly be a source, many causes are also the result of night grinding or using your teeth as tools. It’s even more likely to be a problem if you have a habit of nibbling on foreign objects like pencils and pens.

When tooth enamel is damaged, the textures can gradually trap miniscule amounts of food material and bacterial residue. As time goes by, this could foster a cavity. The longer you delay professional treatment, the more likely you are to experience significant complications.

The severity and location of the chip will influence the treatment options that Dr. Madalina Iorgulescu recommends.

A small chip in a non-critical location on the tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling. The filling material your dentist recommends will be based on the tooth’s visibility in your smile. A composite resin filling can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel, making it invisible in your smile.

A large chip or one that is located on the biting surface of a tooth might require a dental crown.

If you live in the Summit, New Jersey, area and one of your teeth has suffered a chip, you should not delay in calling 908-273-0884 to seek treatment at Morristown & Summit Prosthodontics.