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Your tooth enamel gets its strength and durability from dense microscopic mineral crystal structures. Unfortunately, there are circumstances when you can still chip your teeth. A tooth can be badly chipped by many things, even by grinding your teeth at night.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth can be a symptom of a serious problem. It often means that the damage caused by the chip has penetrated to some of the more sensitive internal structures of the tooth. If this is the case, your dentist, Dr. Mark Teigen, might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structure of the tooth before restoring the enamel layer with a crown.

Even if a chip is shallow and only affects the enamel, it is still a good idea to have it examined by our Cascade Dental Care team. The chipped enamel can easily invite new tooth decay issues.

In some cases, the chip can be repaired with a simple filling. A significant chip might need to be restored with a crown. If you have multiple teeth in your smile with minor chips, you might be interested in having our Cascade Dental Care team restore your smile with custom dental veneers.

Once Dr. Mark Teigen has repaired the badly chipped tooth, he might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to strengthen the remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.

If you have a badly chipped tooth in Longview, Washington, it likely needs care. You should not delay in calling Dr. Mark Teigen at 360-425-8140 to schedule an appointment.