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Sometimes a bad habit like nibbling on pencils and pens or crunching on ice can exert enough force to chip or fracture tooth enamel. Individuals who grind their teeth while sleeping are also at heightened risk of suffering from an occlusal fracture.

Even if the damaged tooth doesn’t cause immediate pain or sensitivity, you should still have it examined as soon as possible by a dentist like Dr. Randy Cockrell. Without timely attention, bacterial deposits could start to accumulate in the area leading to a severe cavity.

The size and severity of the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer will directly influence the treatment plan our dentist recommends.

In some of these cases a dental filling can be used to replace the damaged area of tooth enamel. This often calls for him to install a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

Going forward, you might want to take measures to curtail the initial cause of the dental fracture. Making a conscious effort to abstain from a bad oral habit or sleeping with a protective dental guard in your mouth can significantly reduce your chances of suffering another fractured tooth.

If you live in the Anaheim Hills California, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 714-974-0949 to have it examined and treated at Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.