Untreated chronic stress can cause some individuals to unconsciously grind their teeth while sleeping. If you don’t wear a protective dental guard in your mouth at night, the clenching and grinding force could eventually chip one of your teeth.
Should this happen it’s important to have the tooth examined and repaired by a dentist like Dr. Narinder Mahal before tooth decay starts inhabits the traumatized tooth enamel. In some of these cases, Dr. Narinder Mahal might be able to repair the fractured tooth with an amalgam or composite resin dental filling.
The treatment process starts with Dr. Narinder Mahal performing a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the severity of the damage. This might also include taking a few X-rays to make sure the internal structures of the tooth have not also been affected.
Dr. Narinder Mahal will then numb the tooth and surrounding gums Then he will use a dental drill to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement the dental filling.
Amalgam dental fillings are known for being durable making them a good choice for repairing a chipped molar or premolar.
Composite dental fillings are created from a special type of dental grade resin. They can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good option for repairing a tooth that appears in your smile.
Once the dental filling material has been cured by a special ultraviolet light it will harden and bond with the surrounding tooth enamel. This will effectively restore the full function of the damaged tooth for many years to come.
Going forward you might want to consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth to prevent additional dental damage.
If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Sacramento, California, area, you should call 916-421-2200 to have it treated at Land Park Dental.