If you have a bad habit of using your teeth as tools or nibbling on objects, your teeth are at increased risk of suffering a chip. This could also be an issue if you struggle with bruxism, causing you to grind your teeth at night regularly. In many cases, chips and dental fractures cause little to no sensitivity problems. This might tempt you to forgo seeking professional treatment and repair for the tooth.
This could prove to be a grievous error as plaque and food residue could become trapped in the chipped tooth enamel, causing tooth decay to develop in a previously healthy tooth. Fortunately, if a chip is small or in a non-critical place, Dr. Robert Marder might be able to repair it by applying a filling at Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC.
The process starts with Dr. Robert Marder examining the tooth to assess its overall integrity. Then, he will numb the tooth and surrounding gums before using a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface for the final filling to bond with.
The specific material Dr. Robert Marder selects for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a special type of dental plastic. They can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel, making it difficult for the casual observer to even notice the filling.
Amalgam fillings are a blend of special dental-grade metals. They are soft when they are first applied to the tooth. Then your dentist will harden them with a special ultraviolet light. With renewed, good oral hygiene habits, the filling should restore the full strength and integrity of the tooth for many years to come.
If you live in the New City, New York, area and you have suffered a chip on one of your teeth, you should call 212-265-8291 to have it treated at Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC.