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Your tooth enamel is very strong and durable. The enamel gives you the ability to bite, chew and grind some of the hardest foods. However, there are some things that your teeth are not designed to endure. If an accident or blow to the face carries enough force, it could chip one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pens and pencils.

There are a few first-aid tips to keep in mind to help manage the situation, depending on the severity of the chip and trauma to your mouth.

If the initial pain and trauma subsides in a few minutes, the chip might be shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

In some cases, a chipped tooth might only be damaged in the enamel layer. It might be possible for your Snowy River Dental dentist to repair the chip with a filling. If you have multiple chipped teeth, we might recommend installing dental veneers to repair the teeth and give you a white and winning smile.

If the damage to the enamel layer is extensive, Dr. Danton Bradshaw might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a crown.

If the chipped tooth has a persistent ache or a sharp pain, or if it is extremely sensitive, it likely means that the chip has penetrated to the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. In a case like this, we might recommend having a root canal performed to replace the damaged structures before restoring the tooth with a crown.

If you have one or more chipped teeth in Bellevue, Idaho, and you would like to explore your treatment and restoration options, you should call Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 to schedule an appointment.