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Clenching and grinding your teeth while sleeping might seem mundane at first. Yet over time, the excessive pressure and forces applied to your teeth can potentially exceed the structural integrity of tooth enamel. This can lead to a chip or fracture on one or more of your teeth.

In a situation like this, it’s best to have the tooth examined and repaired by a dentist like Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt before decay can exploit the surrounding structure. If the damage is limited to the tooth’s enamel layer and only a single surface has been compromised, he might be able to repair it by installing a dental filling.

A simple procaine injection into the local gum tissues will help numb the tooth to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Then Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt will carefully remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This will create perfectly clean surface capable of securing the dental filling.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from a special metallic blend prized for its long-term durability. This is often a good choice for repairing a chipped molar or premolar.

A composite dental filling will need to be produced from a special type of dental resin. This allows the dental filling to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making it a good choice for a dental filling that will appear in your smile.

After the dental filling material has been cured by an ultraviolet the new dental filling will last for many years. Going forward you might want to consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth to prevent future dental trauma or addressing the underlying cause of your night grinding

If you have a chipped tooth and you live in the Logan, Utah, area, you should call 435-752-1434 to have it treated at Ridge View Smile Care.