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Bad habits like nibbling your nails, chewing on pencils, or using your teeth to open packaging can place your front teeth at increased risk of suffering a chip or a fracture. This can cause several different problems. Beyond possible tooth sensitivity problems and obvious changes to your smile’s appearance, the compromised tooth enamel could gradually come to foster a severe cavity.

To remedy these problems, you should have a chipped tooth examined by Dr. Paul Vartabedian at his dental office in Lakeport, California.

Small chips and minor dental fractures might be repairable with a basic composite resin dental filling. This is a special type of dental material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If a new cavity has formed or the dental fracture has significantly altered the biting surface of the tooth, Dr. Paul Vartabedian might recommend restoring it with a porcelain dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a special dental grade porcelain.

If you live in the Lakeport, California, area, and you have a chipped tooth in the front of your mouth, you should call 707-263-1496 to seek timely treatment at Paul Vartabedian, DDS.