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While it might seem mundane, something as simple as grinding your teeth at night or nibbling on pens and pencils can chip a tooth. Even if the chip doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity, it could still pose a serious threat to the long-term health of the tooth. The textures of the damaged enamel have the potential to trap food particles and plaque and promote tooth decay.

If chipped tooth enamel isn’t repaired in a timely manner, it could invite a new area of tooth decay to form. The depth and severity of the chip will influence the treatment options that your dentist, Dr. Robert A. Bell, will need to employ to effectively repair the tooth.

If the chip is limited to the tooth enamel, Dr. Robert A. Bell might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If it’s on a tooth in your smile, he might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth likely means that damage has penetrated deep into the tooth, exposing the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Robert A. Bell might need to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged part of the tooth before restoring the entire enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you have recently chipped a tooth in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, you should call 502-955-6516 to have it examined and repaired at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C..