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A chipped or fractured tooth can often prove to be more than just a nuisance. Some can cause pain and discomfort as well as lead to other potential complications. Even if the damaged tooth doesn’t cause persistent discomfort, the compromised tooth enamel could be increasingly vulnerable to tooth decay. Should this occur, Dr. Jared Hill might need to apply invasive dental treatments to preserve or restore the tooth.

It’s also worth noting that there are things you can do to greatly reduce your chances of suffering a dental fracture in the future. It’s best to curtail bad habits like nibbling on pens and pencils or biting your fingernails. This can easily chip one of your front teeth. This also applies to improvising your teeth as tools.  Crunching down on ice and other hard objects can also threaten the biting surfaces of the molars or premolars in the back of our mouth.

It’s also worth noting that grinding your teeth on a nightly basis can also pose a serious threat to the health and integrity of your teeth. In a situation like this Dr. Hill might recommend a mouth guard that will protect your teeth and allow you to sleep comfortably.

If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and you have recently chipped or fractured one of your teeth, please call 801-225-7110 to have it examined and repaired at Hill Family Dental.