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It’s a common temptation to use your teeth as tools when you need to open a stubborn plastic bag or cut a piece of string. While it might seem that your teeth are durable enough to be used as tools, they are intended by nature to only be used to bite, chew and grind food. The unnatural forces of using your teeth as tools can greatly increase your chances of suffering a chip, fracture or other complications.

Even if the damaged tooth enamel causes no pain, you will still need to have the tooth examined and repaired. The compromised area will easily encourage tooth decay issues.

In some cases, a chip or minor fracture can be repaired when Dr. Schuman applies a standard filling. If the damage to the tooth enamel is significant, she might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

In an extreme case where the damage to the tooth has compromised the pulp or root of the tooth, your dentist might need to perform a root canal before installing a crown.

While the temptation to use your teeth as tools might be great, it is simply not worth the risk. If one of your teeth has been chipped or damaged, you should call us at 618-797-9940 to have it treated and repaired. Our friendly staff is always here to help you with any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your smile and oral care.