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Sometimes a chipped tooth is minor and doesn’t cause any discomfort or increased sensitivity. However, you shouldn’t let this to tempt you to forgo professional treatment at Dr. Spencer Shelley’s dental office in Onley, Virginia.

The compromised dental structures could have microscopic textures that your toothbrush can’t adequately clean. Any trapped bacterial residue could foster a new cavity that threatens the health of the already compromised tooth. The severity of the chip and the tooth’s appearance in your smile will influence the treatment method Dr. Spencer Shelley suggests.

In some cases, Dr. Spencer Shelley can repair a minor chip can by applying a dental filling made from composite resin or amalgam. A dental filling restores the damaged tooth to its original structure and function. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips he might recommend having dental veneers installed over the faces of the teeth. Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin and bonded to the front of your teeth to repair your smile flawlessly.

If a chip appears on a tooth in your smile Dr. Spencer Shelley might advocate completely replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown. A crown is custom-made to fit over the entire tooth, from the gum line on up, restoring your tooth to its original shape and size.

If you live in Onley, Virginia, and you have suffered a chipped tooth, please call 757-787-7000 to have it examined and repaired at Spencer Shelley, DDS. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy, confident smile with the quality care you deserve!