Chips can occur on a tooth from any number of different sources. Things like grinding your teeth at night, using your teeth as tools or nibbling on objects are all common causes of chipped tooth enamel.

Even if the chip is small and doesn’t cause discomfort, Dr. G. Trevor Smith still strongly encourages having it repaired. In time, the damaged enamel could trap food particles and plaque. This bacteria could invite a new area of tooth decay to form dangerously deep within the tooth.

For a tooth with a small chip, Dr. G. Trevor Smith might be able to repair the area with a standard amalgam or composite dental filling in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

The material Dr. G. Trevor Smith recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a special dental resin that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental-grade metals. They are dark in color, making them better for repairing a cavity that isn’t visible in your smile.

Once the filling has been applied, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the filling in place.

If you have a chip on one of your teeth, you should call G Trevor Smith at 801.785.2574 to seek timely treatment and repair.