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If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis or if you have a bad habit of improvising your teeth as tools, you are at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture on one of your teeth. Even if this doesn’t distress the tooth directly, the damaged tooth enamel could come to foster a new area of tooth decay. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to have any chipped teeth examined by Dr. James Stanford at his clinic in Ballwin, Missouri.

If the damaged area of tooth enamel is relatively small and not on the biting surface of the tooth, Dr. James Stanford might be able to repair it with a composite or amalgam filling.

This involves Dr. James Stanford numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with Novocain. Then, he will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel to provide a clean, healthy surface to cement a filling in place.

The filling material Dr. James Stanford uses for the final repair will depend on both the tooth’s primary function and the filling’s visibility in your smile.

Both amalgam and composite fillings can be applied in a single appointment. Amalgam is a metallic blend of durable dental metals, making it a good choice for repairing back teeth. Amalgam fillings are dark in color, making them a poor choice to repair a chip that was visible in your smile.

Composite fillings are composed of a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to perfectly match with the surrounding enamel of a chip in your smile.

Once the filling material has been applied, shaped, and cured by an ultraviolet light, it can effectively repair the tooth for many years.

If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area, you should call 636-256-3559 to have it treated by Dr. James Stanford.