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Every year dentists use dental veneers, dental bridges, dental crowns and other types of dental work to address a wide range of oral health concerns. They are commonly used to address issues with tooth decay, damaged tooth enamel or cosmetic imperfections.

While they are meant to be durable enough to match the natural structural integrity of a tooth, dental work can sometimes be chipped, fractured or compromised by certain things. To help prevent these problems Dr. Amit B. Patel and his staff offer a few simple things to consider.

Rigorous athletic activities can potentially cause a blow to the mouth. So, it’s important to use a protective mouth guard at the appropriate times. These can be sold at many sporting goods stores and may provide a cushion for your teeth from accidental blows during physical activities.

Bad oral habits like chewing on ice, biting your nails and nibbling on desktop items can also damage your dental work. It could cause your restorations to chip, crack or fracture. It may be best to make an active effort to curtail these issues.

If you live in the Ashburn, Virginia, area and you have a chipped, fractured or otherwise compromised dental work, you should call 703.724.4470 to have it examined and treated at Ashburn General Dentistry.