There are several things that can chip a tooth. This could be something as significant as taking a hard fall or something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis. The size of the chip will largely influence the repair or restoration method Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson advocates. For small chips, he might recommend using an amalgam or composite filling.
Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson will first need to numb the tooth and surrounding gums before using a drill to remove any damaged or freshly decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.
The specific material Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Amalgam and composite fillings can be applied to small fillings to repair the chip in a single appointment. Composite fillings can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel, making them a good choice for repairing a chip on a tooth that’s visible in your smile.
Once the filling is cured and hardened with a special ultraviolet light, it should repair the previously chipped tooth for many years to come.
If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t hesitate to have it examined and treated. Please call Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323 to schedule an appointment. We also encourage you to call our office if you would like to know more about dental fillings in Houston, Texas.