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Some people may unconsciously grind their teeth, or grind their teeth while they sleep in response to chronic stress. Over time, the excessive pressure caused by this condition, which is known as bruxism, can potentially chip or fracture your tooth enamel.

If you have noticed a new chip or fracture on one of your teeth, it’s best to have examined and treated by our dentist, Dr. Debra Craig, before tooth decay sets in. If the damage is limited to the enamel layer she might be able to treat the problem with a dental filling.  

The dentist will numb the tooth and the area around it to ensure your comfort throughout the appointment. Once this is done, the dentist will carefully remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This will create a clean surface for the dental filling. Amalgam dental fillings are made from a special blend of metals and are known for their durability. They are often a good choice for repairing a chipped molar or premolar. A composite dental filling can mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making it a good choice for a dental filling that will appear when you smile.

After the filling material has been hardened and bonded by an ultraviolet, the new dental filling will last for many years. In the future, you might want to consider using a night guard when you sleep to prevent future dental trauma. You should also talk to your dentist about addressing the underlying cause of your bruxism.

If you have a chipped tooth and you live in the Spokane, Washington, area, you should call 509-467-1562 to have it treated at Harmony Family Dental.