Unusual: Maxillary Incisor Chipped at Gumline...Possible Causes and Consequences

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I have seen a lot of fractures, but not such a shallow, sub-horizontal chip (upper middle left incisor). How could this have happened and what are the likely consequences? Since it is a the gumline, treatment is probably difficult...and enamel does not replenish itself.



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Could be a pre-existing enamel malformation that was only recently exposed due to recession? Does not exactly look like a chip. If the gum tissue allows, clinical crown lengthening could be attempted, and the defect restored thereafter.
 

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Could be a pre-existing enamel malformation that was only recently exposed due to recession? Does not exactly look like a chip. If the gum tissue allows, clinical crown lengthening could be attempted, and the defect restored thereafter.
If true, then it is clinically irrelevant. Hurrah!
 

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