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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is made from microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the hardness they need for biting off, chewing and grinding food. There are a few things like grinding your teeth or using them as tools that can cause a chip in the tooth enamel. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils or biting your fingernails.

At first the trauma of the accident might be shocking and cause short term pain. If the initial pain subsides after a few minutes, it could mean the crack is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

If the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth it can often be repaired by a filling. If you have multiple chips on the teeth in your smile, a Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry dentist might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed on multiple teeth.

If the damage to the tooth enamel is too extensive to be repaired by a filling or dental veneers, our dentists might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a crown.

If you experience a persistent ache, sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it could mean the damage extends deep into the tooth. In a case like this one of our dentists might need to perform a root canal, or potentially extract the entire tooth.

If one or more of your teeth are chipped, you need to call Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt at 804-737-4444 to explore your restoration options.