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Even though your tooth enamel is harder than your bones, there are still times when an accidental fall or a blow to the face can fracture a tooth. There are other times when a chip or fracture can be caused by mundane habits, like grinding your teeth or using your teeth as tools.

The severity of the fracture will directly determine the treatment and repair options your dentist, Dr. Raymond R. Niles, recommends.

In some cases, a minor fracture might only damage the tooth enamel. While this might not cause you pain, the damaged area could harbor a new area of tooth decay. Issues like this can be fixed with a dental filling.

However, if you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth, it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. This usually requires the dentist to perform a root canal, which will replace the damaged internal structures with of the tooth and form an abutment to later anchor a crown in place.

If the fracture is minor, then we might be able to repair it with a filling. Otherwise, the entire tooth enamel will need to be replaced by a dental crown in Woodbridge, Virginia.

If you have a fractured or chipped tooth, you should call Niles Dental at 703.494.4101 to explore your repair and restoration options.