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Tooth enamel is a very hard substance capable of handling years of biting, chewing, and grinding. Unfortunately, there are still some things that can chip tooth enamel or cause a more significant dental fracture.

Even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort in the chipped tooth, you should still have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Thomas Hicks, before a cavity can develop.

If the damage to the tooth enamel is minimal Dr. Hicks might be able to repair the tooth by installing a simple dental filling made from either composite resin or metallic amalgam.

This mode of treatment starts with numbing the tooth and local gum tissues to help you remain comfortable throughout the appointment. Then, we will remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to securely marry the dental filling material to the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the material has been prepared applied and shaped, Dr. Hicks will harden and bond the dental filling with an ultraviolet light. This will effectively repair the chipped tooth for many years ahead.

If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Portland, Oregon, area, you should call 503-644-5433 to have it treated at LifeSmile Dental Group.