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Damaged tooth enamel can cause more than tooth sensitivity, and cosmetic imperfections. As time goes by bacterial deposits can start to build up in the minute textures in the tooth enamel. This could eventually cause a large and painful cavity to develop in the already distressed tooth.

A minor chip can sometimes be repaired by having Dr. Paul Best apply a dental filling. This involves using a drill to remove all the compromised tooth enamel and prepare a clean surface. The material that Dr. Paul Best advocates for the dental filling will be determined by the chips location and the tooth’s visibility in your smile.  

Dental fillings made from amalgam use a special blend of inert dental metals. They have the durability to handle the tough work of chewing and grinding. Since they are dark in color amalgam is not an ideal choice for repairing a tooth that appears in your smile.

A composite dental filling is often a preferred option for repairing a tooth in your smile. They are made from a special dental resin material that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the dental filling material has been shaded and applied Dr. Paul Best will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Portland, Maine, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 207-775-6348 to have it treated and repaired at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A..