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Athletes in contact sports are at increased risk of suffering sports injuries and oral trauma. One way to avoid dental damage is to wear a quality mouthguard during practice and games. Yet some athletes find that inferior mouthguards are uncomfortable and they will forgo using them when required. Should you suffer a blow to the face, it could potentially chip one or more teeth.

Should this happen, you should not delay in seeking professional care at Jupina Dental. Even if the tooth doesn’t cause discomfort, the damaged tooth enamel could trap food matter and bacterial residue, fostering a new cavity.

Depending on the size and location of the chip, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might be able to repair the tooth with a simple amalgam or composite filling.

If the chip is large or on a critical area of the tooth, she might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process that involves replacing the tooth enamel with a nearly perfect replica made from either porcelain, gold, or a metallic alloy.

In a rare situation when a chip penetrates deep enough to affect the pulp or root of a tooth, your dentist will need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth. Then she can restore the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Hayward, California, area and you’ve recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 510.783.1414 to seek professional care at Jupina Dental.