A Small Chip in a Tooth Can Often Be Repaired by a Standard Filling

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When a chip forms on one of your teeth, it can lead to several different problems. Sometimes it can cause heightened sensitivity or even pain. Even if the chipped tooth causes you no discomfort, you should still have it repaired at Cox and Manegold Dentistry. The damaged enamel could potentially trap food particles, causing a cavity to form in a previously healthy tooth.

Drs. Cox and Manegold will start by numbing your gums and the tooth with an injection of Novocain. Once the area has been thoroughly numbed, they will use a drill to create a clean, healthy enamel surface to anchor the eventual filling.

The filling’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material your dentists recommend for the filling. Standard filling materials include amalgam and composite resin. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the chip.

Since amalgam is a blend of metals, it is dark in appearance. This makes it a better option for repairing a chip that is not visible in your smile. Composite resin fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic. They can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel to repair a tooth in your smile.

If you have a chipped tooth in West Chester, Ohio, you should call 513-777-5513 to have it repaired at Cox and Manegold Dentistry.