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If you have a habit of chewing on your fingernails or on foreign objects or often resort to using your teeth as tools to open packages, then your smile is at an increased risk of experiencing a chipped tooth or dental fracture.

Even if the damage done to a tooth occurs only in the tooth enamel layer, it could increase tooth sensitivity and cause discomfort when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, acidic, or sweet. Left untreated, a chipped area of tooth enamel could even lead to the development of tooth decay.

The severity of the chipped tooth and its location will determine what sort of treatment is needed, and Dr. Philippe Athuil can recommend to you your tooth repair options.

If the chip is small, it can sometimes be fixed by placing a basic dental filling or a cosmetic dental bond material. These conservative treatments are often optimal if the damage hasn’t changed the chewing surface of the tooth.

If a chip has affected the structural integrity inside the tooth, a dental crown might be needed to restore the full tooth. Dental crowns replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental material such as porcelain or gold that, once cemented in place, can return your tooth to full strength, appearance, and function.

If you have suffered a chipped tooth and are experiencing increased tooth sensitivity as a result, we urge you to contact Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist to discuss your options for treating a chipped tooth in Beverly Hills, California.