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Sometimes a chipped tooth doesn’t cause any immediate distress or sensitivity. If it isn’t in your smile or cause irritation or the surrounding soft tissues in your mouth, you might be tempted to forgo professional treatment from a dentist.

However, this could prove to be a risky choice. As time goes by tiny food particles, sugar residue and plaque buildup can become trapped in the exposed textures of the tooth enamel. This can cause a cavity to develop deep within an already affected tooth.

If the chip is small and the integrity of the tooth’s biting surface hasn’t been compromised, Dr. Rafael A. Perez might be able to repair the tooth with a basic dental filling.

Dr. Rafael A. Perez will start by numbing the tooth and the underlying gums, before using a dental drill to prepare the tooth enamel to receive the dental filling. The specific material he uses will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile.

Composite dental fillings are made from a special type of dental resin. It can be shaded to match the existing tooth enamel to seamlessly conceal the fact that the tooth was ever damaged. Amalgam dental fillings are made from a blend of special dental metals. This material is soft when it is first applied to the tooth then it will be hardened with a special ultraviolet light.

An amalgam dental filling is made from a special blend of dental grade metals. They are gray, yet durable, making them a better option for repairing a chip on one of your back teeth.

If you live in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area and you have a chipped tooth you should call 940-692-2851 to have it examined and treated at Stone Lake Dental.