Chipped tooth enamel can sometimes be more than a cosmetic nuisance. Some patients with a chipped tooth will also complain of increasing tooth sensitivity. Some chipped teeth are also prone to suffering cavities.
If the damage to the tooth enamel is minimal, a dentist like Dr. David Wilhelm might be able to repair the area by using a standard dental filling. This mode of treatment typically begins with the dentist numbing the tooth and the surrounding periodontal tissues. This will help you to remain comfortable throughout the appointment. At that point, the dentist will carefully remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to securely bond the dental filling material to the surrounding to the tooth. Most dental fillings used in this type of treatment are made from either composite resin or metallic amalgam. The ideal choice will be influenced by the surface of the tooth and if the repaired area will appear in when you smile. After the appropriate material has been prepared, applied and shaped, the dentist will harden and bond between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel with an ultraviolet light. This will effectively restore the structural integrity of the fractured tooth for many years to ahead.
If you have a chipped tooth, and you live in the Newport Beach, California, area, you should call 949-752-1210 to have it examined and treated at Newport Dental Arts OC.