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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are rare situations where an accidental fall or blow to the face can carry enough force to actually chip one or two teeth. This is even more likely if you grind your teeth at night on a frequent basis, or have a bad habit of nibbling on things like pencils and pens.

The severity of the chip will greatly influence the restoration options that Dr. Nathan Schwartz recommends.

If you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity it likely means the chip is limited to just the tooth’s enamel. Dr. Nathan Schwartz might be able to repair it with a simple filling. If the tooth is visible in your smile he might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

If a chip is more significant, or the tooth already has a filling from a past cavity, then he might recommend replacing all of the tooth enamel with a crown.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth, often means that damage extends deep into the tooth exposing the pulp or root. If this is the case, Dr. Nathan Schwartz will likely need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth in preparation for a crown.

If you have recently chipped a tooth should call Dr. Nathan Schwartz’s office in Henderson, Nevada at 702-564-2526 to explore your repair and restoration options.