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When a tooth suffers a minor chip, you might be tempted to forgo having it repaired. This could be especially tempting if the damaged tooth enamel isn’t visible in your smile or the tooth doesn’t cause any overt discomfort. While this might be okay in the short term, it could eventually cause serious complications.

As time goes on, the weakened tooth could suffer a more severe fracture when chewing something hard or when grinding your teeth while sleeping. At the same time, the minute textures of damaged tooth enamel could trap bacterial deposits, hosting tooth decay.

With early action, a small chip can be repaired with a dental filling. This can be performed in a single appointment at Associates in Dentistry. Dr. Alexander Zubkov will start by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain.

Your dentist will then use a special dental drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface to bond the filling. The specific material your dentist uses for the filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and the chip’s location.

Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of special metals. Their durability makes them a good choice for repairing a chip on one of your back teeth. If the filling will be visible in your smile, your dentist might use composite resin. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding natural tooth enamel.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened by a special ultraviolet light, it can effectively repair the chipped tooth for many years. Good oral hygiene practices, like brushing twice each day and flossing each evening, will help maximize the filling’s lifespan.

If you live in the Enfield, Connecticut, area and you have chipped one of your teeth, you should call 860-745-2712 to have it repaired at Associates in Dentistry.