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If you play any sport in which the possibility of a blow to the face exists, you should talk to your dentist about wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage. Without the proper protection, an accident could result in a chipped tooth.

Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause immediate discomfort, the damage could allow plaque and bacteria to create a cavity. You should contact Dr. Mecca at Mecca Dental to have the tooth evaluated.

Depending on the size and location of the chip, the dentist might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling.

If the external damage is too severe, the dentist might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a crown. A root canal may be needed if the pulp of the tooth has been damaged or infected. During a root canal, the dentist will replace the pulp with a material called gutta percha, and the structure of the tooth can be preserved. You and the dentist can discuss placing a crown on the tooth during a later appointment.

If you live in the New Hartford, New York, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 315-235-3318 to seek professional care at Mecca Dental .