A dental fracture can occur if you grind your teeth while sleeping, or you have a bad habit of chewing on foreign objects. Athletes who fail to wear a protective mouth guard at the required times are at increased risk of suffering a significantly fractured tooth.
Regardless of the initial cause, you should always have a chipped or fractured tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Leo Eliezer. Left untreated the compromised tooth enamel could start to trap bacterial deposits that could foster a new cavity.
If the surrounding tooth enamel is healthy, Dr. Leo Eliezer might be able to repair a minor dental fracture with a dental filling. If the fracture is in a critical location or compromises a large area of tooth enamel, Dr. Leo Eliezer might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown.
This will involve removing the entire tooth enamel layer to replace it with an alternate material.
If you live in the Alpharetta, Georgia, area and you have suffered a chipped or fractured tooth you should call 678-813-1634 to have it treated and repaired at Jones Bridge Dental Care.