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Dental fractures can sometimes occur from an accidental fall, sports injury, or from grinding your teeth at night. When this happens the damaged tooth enamel could cause increased sensitivity, discomfort, or even come to foster a severe cavity.

If a chip is small and only affects a single surface of the tooth Dr. Brent Bitner might be able to repair it by applying a dental filling.

Once the area has been sufficiently numbed, Dr. Brent Bitner will use a drill remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to cement the dental filling in place. The filling material that Dr. Brent Bitner selects for the dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function, and how visible it is in your smile.

A dental filling on a back tooth might be repaired with a standard amalgam material. This type of dental filling is made from a blend of special dental metals that will create a hard and durable dental filling. If the dental filling will be visible in your smile, Dr. Brent Bitner might use a composite resin material. This is a special type of dental plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Cottage Grove, Oregon area and you have a chip or dental fracture on one of your teeth, you should call 541-942-7934 to have it examined and treated at Cottage Grove Dental.