Healthy tooth enamel is very durable. It is meant to give your teeth the strength to process and break down the foods you eat before swallowing. Unfortunately, there are still times when a tooth can be chipped or fractured.
As time goes on small bacterial deposits can start to collect in the textures of the chipped tooth enamel. This could cause a more significant cavity to develop on multiple surfaces of the tooth, or allow tooth decay to threaten the sensitive dentin layer within.
In some cases, a small dental fracture can be repaired by Dr. Sula applying a standard composite or amalgam dental filling.
This calls for Dr. Sula to numb the tooth to help you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. When you’re ready, 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 specific material Dr. Sula uses for the dental filling 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 was visible in your smile.
A composite resin dental filling is made from a special dental plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match with the surrounding enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a chip on a tooth that appears in your smile.
Once Dr. Sula has applied and shaped the dental filling material he will cure and harden it with a special ultraviolet light.
If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Katy, Texas, area, you should call 281-829-5000 to have it treated at Advantage Dentists.