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Tooth enamel is composed of a complex matrix of dense mineral crystals. When a tooth is chipped or suffers a fracture, it can cause short and long-term problems.

Even if the compromised tooth doesn’t cause immediate discomfort, the damaged area of tooth enamel could gradually start to collect bacterial deposits. In time, a cavity could form in that part of the tooth. A chipped tooth needs to be treated by our experienced dentist, Dr. R. Nab to prevent further problems.

It’s also important to keep in mind that bad oral habits that can increase your chances of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth. Chewing on pens, pencils, fingernails and ice can damage your teeth, grinding your teeth, which is known as bruxism can also damage your teeth and their enamel.

Athletes who participate in contact sports and other rigorous activities should always wear a protective mouth guard during the necessary times. If you aren’t happy with the units sold in sporting goods stores Dr. R. Nab might be able to provide you with a custom mouth guard. This removable dental appliance will comfortably conform to the natural shape of you teeth, while also providing ease of breathing.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have recently chipped or fractured one of your teeth, you should call 713-481-5693 to have it examined and treated at Midtown Dental.