As you bite into a hard candy or chunk of ice, you feel something solid in your mouth that refuses to dissolve or melt. As soon as you recognize it for what it is—a fractured tooth fragment—you get nauseated. Despite being the body's strongest and most mineralized tissue, the enamel covering your teeth has a limit to how strong it can get. A tooth can chip or break by falling, being hit in the face, or biting onto something hard, especially if it has some decay already. Don't freak out if you find you have a chipped or broken tooth. Your dentist has a lot of options for fixing it. See your dentist right away if you have a chipped, fractured, or shattered tooth. If not, there's a chance that your tooth will sustain additional damage or develop an infection, which might lead to tooth loss. The extent of damage to a chipped or fractured tooth will determine how it should be treated. The repair can typically be completed in a single office visit if only a little portion of the enamel fell off. A more involved and expensive operation can be necessary for a severely fractured or damaged tooth. Here are a few methods your dentist might use to fix a chipped or fractured tooth.
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