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Your teeth have the strength and hardness to chew most common foods. Unfortunately, there are some things that can apply enough force to your teeth to fracture the tooth enamel. This could come in the form of an oral trauma such as a blow to the face, or grinding your teeth at night in your sleep.

When a tooth is chipped or fractured it can cause significant sensitivity and discomfort when chewing. If the damaged tooth isn’t repaired at Dr. Raymond R. Niles’s clinic the compromised tooth enamel could encourage a cavity to develop.

Dental fractures can vary in severity. The damage to the tooth enamel and the internal structures of the tooth will influence the treatment method Dr. Raymond R. Niles recommends.

Dr. Raymond R. Niles might be able to repair a minor dental fracture with a standard amalgam or composite dental filling. This often calls for removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to ensure a strong surface to bond the filling material.

If a large amount of tooth enamel was damaged or the biting surface of the tooth was compromised, Dr. Raymond R. Niles might recommend a dental crown. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material.

In an extreme situation where the internal structures of the tooth have been compromised, Dr. Raymond R. Niles might need to perform a root canal. This will recreate sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.

If you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area and you have a dental fracture, you should call 703.494.4101 to seek treatment at Niles Dental.