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The biting surface on each of your teeth takes on a specific shape based on its intended role in your mouth. Front teeth typically have a narrow edge for biting off pieces of hard and tough foods. The large molars and premolars in the back of your mouth tend to have deep textures on the biting surface to help grind and chew food for safe swallowing.

Bad oral habits like chewing medications, crunching on ice or nervously nibbling on pens and pencils can increase your risk of suffering a tooth with a fractured biting surface. This could also occur if you grind your teeth while sleeping without the protection of a dental guard.

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, it’s best to have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Brawley T. Marze Jr. before an area of tooth decay develops in the compromised surface.

Sometimes he can repair a chip or minor dental fracture by installing a dental filling. If the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer is significant or a cavity has developed he might need to perform a dental crown restoration. This treatment will effectively replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a material like gold, base metals, or dental grade porcelain.

If you are in the Sherman, Texas, area and you have a compromised tooth, please call 903-892-4531 to have it examined and treated at Marze Dental.