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Your tooth enamel plays a dual role in giving your teeth the strength to bite and chew food, while also preventing the bacteria in your mouth from access to the soft internal dental tissues. When one of your teeth suffers a chip, it can alter the integrity of your tooth enamel.

Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause any immediate discomfort, the compromised area of tooth enamel might start to trap plaque and other bacterial deposits. In the time it could cause a large cavity to develop in the recesses of the tooth enamel. As this starts to happen the compromised tooth will be increasing the risk of the tooth decay spreading deep into the pulp or root.

To prevent this from happening, you should seek timely dental care and treatment at Dr. Kenneth Kirk’s dental office. The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will determine the method he recommend for repairing the chipped tooth.

Dr. Kenneth Kirk might be able to repair a minor chip in the tooth enamel with an amalgam or composite resin dental filling. If the chip in the tooth enamel is large or it compromises a significant amount of tooth enamel might require Dr. Kenneth Kirk to treat the tooth with a dental crown. If you live in the Spring, Texas, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 281-580-8848 to have it examined and treated at Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates.