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Sometimes chips and small dental fractures go unnoticed or undetected. Even if the tooth isn’t overtly distressed, you should still seek professional treatment at Dr. Debora Bolton’s dental office in Durham, North Carolina. The microscopic textures in the damaged enamel can gradually start to trap food particles and bacterial plaque. This could eventually come to foster a large cavity in a previously healthy tooth.

Some small chips can be repaired in a single appointment by having Dr. Debora Bolton apply a basic amalgam or composite resin filling. If multiple teeth in your smile were chipped Dr. Debora Bolton might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

If a chip is large or the tooth has been significantly compromised Dr. Debora Bolton might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a special dental crown

In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. A tooth in this condition might need to a root canal to restore the damaged structures. Once this is done, Dr. Debora Bolton can form an abutment and take an impression to prepare the tooth for an eventual dental crown.

If you live in the Durham, North Carolina, area and you have suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 919-381-5900 to seek treatment at Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS.