If you have a bad habit of nibbling on desktop items, improvising your teeth as tools, or your grind your teeth when sleeping, you might suffer a chipped tooth. When this happens, the compromised area of tooth enamel might not initially cause you discomfort or distress. However, this doesn’t mean you should forgo professional dental treatment.
As time goes by, the chipped tooth could start to trap minute bacterial deposits. This can cause a more significant cavity to form in the already distressed tooth.
If the damaged area of tooth enamel is relatively small, Dr. Sylvan Stern might be able to repair it with a simple composite or amalgam dental filling.
This involves Dr. Sylvan Stern numbing the tooth to help you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. Then he will use a special dental drill to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to bond the dental filling in place.
The dental filling material Dr. Sylvan Stern uses to repair the tooth will depend on its visibility in your smile.
Both amalgam and composite dental fillings can be applied in a single appointment. Amalgam is a metallic blend of durable dental metals this makes it a good choice for repairing back teeth. They are dark in color, making amalgam fillings a poor choice to repair a chip that is visible in your smile.
Composite fillings are made from a special dental resin that can be shaded to perfectly match with the surrounding enamel of a chip in your smile.
Once the dental filling has been applied, shaped, and cured by an ultraviolet light, it will effectively repair the tooth for many years ahead.
If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Southfield, Michigan, area, you should call 248-559-0995 to have it treated at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS.