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Tooth enamel can sometimes be chipped by something as traumatic as an accidental blow to the face during sports, or something as banal as grinding your teeth when you sleep. Regardless of the initial cause, it’s still a good idea to have a chipped tooth examined by one of the dentists at Jupina Dental.

Left untreated the damaged area of tooth enamel could start to collect bacterial deposits. Over time this could encourage a cavity to develop in the deeper recesses of the tooth.

After performing a thorough examination of the tooth, Dr. Joan M. Jupina will recommend the most applicable treatment method.

If the chip in the tooth enamel is small and the structural integrity of the tooth hasn’t been compromised, she might be able to repair it with a standard dental filling.

If the chip is large or the affected area compromises the structural integrity of the tooth, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might advocate restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This treatment method will completely replicate the entire tooth enamel layer composed of either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.

If tooth decay has already developed in the tooth and the tooth decay has afflicted the internal structures of the tooth, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might need to perform a root canal. Once this is done there will be sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.

If you are in the Hayward, California, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 510.783.1414 to have it examined and repaired at Jupina Dental.