Tooth enamel has the inherent hardness necessary to bite, chew, and efficiently break food down to be swallowed safely. Yet there are some things that can apply enough force to chip or fracture tooth enamel. This might come from nervously chewing on foreign objects, crunching on ice, or unconsciously grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Many dental fractures cause heightened sensitivity and discomfort without directly traumatizing the sensitive dentin or pulp within the tooth. This could limit your basic oral function, and potentially invite a new area of tooth decay to develop.
Some minor chips can be repaired by a dentist like Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek by installing a dental filling made from metallic amalgam. This is a special blend of dental grade metals that have a reputation for being durable.
This treatment process starts by numbing the tooth before they removes a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will provide a textural surface necessary. to effectively anchor the amalgam to the adjacent tooth enamel.
Then they will prepare the metallic amalgam and apply it to the treatment area. It will then be hardened with a special ultraviolet light.
In the future you might want to make a conscious effort to address the cause of the dental fracture to prevent further problems.
If you live in the Littleton, Colorado, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 303.933.2420 to have it examined and treated at Dakota Ridge Dental.