A chip in your tooth enamel can result from any number of things. It could be as significant as an oral trauma, like a blow to the face, or it could be as banal as grinding your teeth at night. Most small-to-modest-sized chips don’t cause heightened sensitivity, yet you shouldn’t treat one lightly. As time goes by, stray food matter and bacterial plaque can become trapped in the chipped enamel, harboring a new cavity.
To prevent this from happening, Drs. Rivera, Waheed, and Kim routinely suggest having all chipped teeth repaired. If the chip isn’t large or in a critical location, he might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling.
To do this, our dentists will start by injecting Novocain into the gums to numb the area. Then, they will use a drill to remove any damaged or newly decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a healthy, clean surface to apply a filling.
The filling material our dentists select will primarily be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Composite resin fillings can be shaded to match tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a filling that is visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of base metals. They are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a chip on one of your back teeth.
Once the filling has been cured and hardened, it will effectively restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come.
If you have recently suffered a chipped tooth in Bolingbrook, Naperville, Riverside, and Joliet, Illinois, you should call 630-972-4010 to have it treated and repaired at Shining Smiles LLC.