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Tooth enamel can sometimes suffer a minor chip or fracture from a mundane source. This might come from nibbling on desktop items, biting open tough packaging material, or improvising your teeth as tools. People who grind their teeth on a nightly basis without the protection of a dental guard are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth.

Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause you any immediate distress you should still have it examined and treated by a qualified dentist like Dr. Austin Babcock or Dr. David Bill. If bacterial deposits start to accumulate in the textured tooth enamel of the chip it could cause a large and dangerous cavity to develop.  

With timely attention, Our dentist might be able to repair a minor dental fracture with a composite or amalgam dental filling. The treatment process starts with numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to ensure your comfort. Then, he will use a special dental drill to remove the decayed enamel to provide a clean healthy surface to cement a filling in place. The dental filling material used for the final repair will depend on both the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and the dental filling’s visibility in your smile.

Both amalgam and composite dental fillings can be applied in a single appointment. Amalgam is a metallic blend of durable dental metals. This makes them a good choice for repairing a dental fracture on one of your back teeth.

Composite dental fillings are composed of a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to perfectly match with the surrounding enamel, which makes it a good option for repairing a visible chip.

If you live in the Sedona, Arizona, area, and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call (928) 282-1514 to have it treated at Sedona Dental Arts.