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Tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance that is intended to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew common foods. However, there are still some abnormal things that can cause large chips and fractures in a tooth. This could be as traumatic as a blow to the face or as mundane as grinding your teeth when you sleep.

The severity of the fracture will directly determine the treatment and repair methods that your dentist, Dr. Bruce Westover, recommends.

Large chips and small fractures might be repairable with a simple dental filling. A more significant fracture might call for replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you experience 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 your dentist to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures and form an abutment to later anchor a crown in place.

If the fracture is minor yet located on a tooth in your smile, then your dentist might be able to simply cement a dental veneer in place or restore the tooth with a cosmetic porcelain dental crown.

If you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth in Cottonwood, Arizona, you should call 928-634-5566 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Bruce Westover.