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The outer enamel layer of your teeth is very strong and durable. This enables you to chew and some of the hardest foods. There are also things that your teeth are not designed to do, and times when an accident or blow to the face can actually have enough impact to chip one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pens and pencils.

In a situation like this Dr. Michael Spencer offers a few essential first aid tips for taking care of a chipped tooth.

If the initial pain and trauma subsides in a few minutes, you might be lucky enough that the chip is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

In some cases, a chipped tooth, where the damage is limited to the enamel layer alone, can be repaired by a filling. Should you have multiple chips on the teeth in your smile Dr. Michael Spencer could install dental veneers to repair the teeth and give you back a winning smile

If the damage to the enamel layer is extensive, Dr. Michael Spencer might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a crown.

If you experience a persistent ache, sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity in the chipped tooth, it likely means that the crack has penetrated down into the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this Dr. Michael Spencer might need to perform a root canal, or potentially extract the entire tooth.

If you have one or more chipped teeth, or you would like to know more about how to best handle common dental emergencies, you can call Dr. Michael Spencer at 904.355.5531 to set up a consultation appointment.