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When a tooth suffers a large chip or a fracture, it might not cause you any pain. However, you should not let this tempt you to forgo treatment. The damaged tooth enamel could trap food particles and plaque, harboring a dangerous new area of tooth decay. If the fracture does cause pain and heightened sensitivity, the internal structures of the tooth might be damaged.

The severity of the fracture will directly determine the treatment and repair methods that your dentist, Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor, recommends.

If the fracture is limited to the tooth enamel, it can often be repaired with a dental filling or dental crown.

If you experience a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth, it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. This usually requires the dentist to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth.

If the fracture is minor yet located on a tooth in your smile, then she might be able to cement a dental veneer in place or restore the tooth with a cosmetic porcelain crown.

If you have a fractured or chipped tooth in Ottawa, ON, you should call Skyline Dental Associates at (613) 226-4562 to have it treated and repaired.