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A chip on one or more of your teeth can be a serious cause for concern. Chips can come from any variety of sources, from something as traumatic as a blow to the face, or something as mundane as nibbling on a pencil.

Regardless of the source, a chipped tooth should not be taken lightly. The damaged enamel can eventually come to harbor tooth decay. Since the enamel has already been compromised by the chip, the chances of decay penetrating deep into the critical interior of the tooth, is even higher.

A minor chip in a tooth can sometimes be repaired by one of My Downey Dental ’s dentists using a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If a filling is called for it will likely be made from either porcelain, composite resin, gold or amalgam. The idea material will be influenced by the chips location on the tooth, size and prevalence in your smile.

If the chip is too significant to be repaired by a filling, the dentist might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a crown. This is a two-step process, where all of the tooth enamel is removed. Then an impression is cast of the internal core of the tooth. A temporary crown is secured over top to protect the tooth while a dental lab works to create your crown.

You will then need to come back in for a second appointment, to have the crown cemented in place.

If you have a chip on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting My Downey Dental ’s office in Downey, California at 562-372-4294 to explore your treatment options.