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The enamel layer of your teeth is very hard and durable. This allows you to bite off and chew hard foods. Unfortunately, there are rare situations where an accidental fall or blow to the face can carry enough force to actually chip the enamel layer on one or more 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.

How deeply the chip penetrates into the tooth will influence the treatment options that Dr. Yong Eon Park recommends for you.

If the chips was caused by a traumatic event like a fall or blow to the face and you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. It’s a bad idea to use antiseptic mouthwash if your gums were injured, as it could irritate wounded tissues.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth often means that damage has penetrated deep into the tooth, exposing the dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth. In a situation like this, our dentist might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth and restore the entire enamel layer with a crown.

If you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity in the tooth, it probably means the chip is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth. Dr. Yong Eon Park might be able to repair it with a simple filling or he might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

If you have recently chipped a tooth in Bakersfield, California, and you would like to explore your treatment and restoration options, please feel free to call Bright Dental Care at 661.588.2772 to schedule an appointment.