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Chips can form in tooth enamel from a myriad of causes. Sometimes it can be as mundane as grinding your teeth at night, crunching on ice, or using your teeth as tools. In other instances, a chip could result from a hard fall or a blow to the face during contact sports without wearing a mouthguard.

The severity of the chip and the location of the tooth will largely influence the treatment and repair options that your dentist, Dr. Federico Lago, recommends.

If the chip is small or in a non-critical area of a tooth, he might be able to repair it with a basic dental filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, he might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

In extreme cases, a chipped tooth might also result in damage to the interior pulp. If this is the case, Dr. Federico Lago might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structures before fitting it for a dental crown.

If you have one or more chipped teeth, you should not delay in contacting Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC at 978.535.2500 to have it examined and repaired in Peabody, Massachusetts.