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In many cases, a chipped tooth doesn’t cause pain. This makes many people with a chipped tooth ignore the problem. Unfortunately, the chipped tooth enamel offers the ideal area for the bacteria in your mouth to exploit and potentially harbor tooth decay.

For this reason alone, you should never ignore a chipped tooth. It’s always best to have the dental professionals at Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC examine the chipped tooth and determine the best way to repair it.

Sometimes, a chipped tooth can be repaired with a simple filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. However, if the chip has damaged a significant amount of the tooth enamel, or if it is in a location that will not offer enough enamel to secure a filling, then your dentist, Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite, might suggest removing the entire enamel layer of the tooth to prepare it for a dental crown.

Most dental crowns in Gainesville, Georgia, are made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The type of material that is used for your crown will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and how noticeable it is in your smile. If the tooth is prevalent in your smile, Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite will likely recommend using a porcelain crown.

If you have a chipped tooth, you shouldn’t procrastinate repairing it. You should call Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC at 770-536-8868 to schedule an appointment.