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Your tooth enamel is intended to be hard enough to allow your teeth to bite and break down most common foods into small pieces that can be safely swallowed. If you have a bad habit of nibbling on pencils and pens, crunching on ice or chewing medications it could fracture the biting surface of one or more teeth. People who grind their teeth while sleeping are also at increased risk of suffering occlusal dental fractures.

Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause you any immediate pain or sensitivity, you should still have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Sunny Pannu and Dr. Kierian Nwugwo. Without timely attention bacterial deposits could build up in the damaged tooth enamel fostering tooth decay.

The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will directly influence the treatment plan put forth by our dental specialists.

Sometimes a dental filling can be used to replace the damaged area of tooth enamel. However, many occlusal fractures require our dentist to install a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

If there are any concerns about the structural integrity of the compromised tooth he might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternative dental material.  

If you live in the Vestal New York, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 607-777-1340 to have it examined and treated by at New York Dental Group.