There are several different things that could chip a tooth. This often comes in the form of grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis or using your teeth as tools. Most chips are limited to the tooth enamel layer of the tooth and they cause very little discomfort or heightened sensitivity. Still, you should not let this lull you into the temptation of forgoing professional treatment at LifeSmile Dental Group.
As time goes by, the microscopic textures in the chipped enamel could trap food residue and bacterial plaque. This could cause tooth decay within an already distressed tooth.
If the chip is small or in a non-critical location of the tooth, Dr. Thomas Hicks might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling. The process starts by injecting Novocain into the surrounding gums to numb the area. Dr. Thomas Hicks will then use a drill to remove any damaged or decayed tooth enamel. This ensures a clean surface for an eventual filling to bond with.
The filling material Dr. Thomas Hicks selects will be primarily based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. A composite filling can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel, making it a good choice for a chip that was 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 by a dental-grade ultraviolet light, it will effectively restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come.
If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 503-644-5433 to have it treated and repaired at LifeSmile Dental Group.