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Sometimes a chip can form in a tooth as a result of chronic night grinding or a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects. Even if the chip doesn’t distress the tooth or cause heightened sensitivity issues, you should still not be remiss in seeking professional care at South Coast Family Dentistry.

With the passage of time and any oral hygiene inconsistencies, the damaged enamel could come to trap food residue and plaque buildup. This bacterial presence could foster a new cavity dangerously deep within the already compromised tooth.

If the chip is on a non-essential area of the tooth, Dr. Keith Huff might be able to repair it with a simple composite or amalgam filling. The specific material they 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-grade plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a chip that’s visible in your smile.

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. However, they have the durability to handle the wear and tear of grinding and chewing performed by back teeth.

Once the filling has been applied, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the filling and secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in Coos Bay, Oregon, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 541-269-5353 to seek timely treatment and repair at South Coast Family Dentistry.