A Chipped Tooth Could Lead to Severe Tooth Decay

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At first, a chipped tooth might prove to be little more than a textural nuisance in your mouth. Yet even if it doesn’t appear when you smile the damaged area of tooth enamel could lead to more than just cosmetic complications.


Over time plaque buildup and stray food particles can start to accumulate in the aberrant texture of the compromised tooth enamel. If these bacterial deposits aren’t removed by your twice daily brushing efforts, they could gradually start to foster a new cavity in the already distressed tooth.  


If the area of tooth decay goes without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. John Ifantis it could quickly spread beyond the tooth enamel to affect the sensitive core structures of the tooth. Early signs that this has happened often include a feeling of discomfort or heightened sensitivity in the tooth. In time, it could also lead to a gradually worsening toothache.   


In a case where the tooth decay extends into the pulp or root of the tooth, our dentist like need to perform a root canal. This treatment process is designed to completely remove the tooth’s enamel layer as well as the compromised structures. Then an abutment will be prepared with the necessary strength to anchor a dental crown.  


If you are in the Morton Grove, Illinois, region and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 847-268-4998 to have it examined treated at the dental offices of Ifantis Dental Care.