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There are times when bad habits like chewing on stray objects or improvising your teeth as tools can cause a chip on a tooth. Even if the damaged tooth enamel doesn’t cause distress or discomfort you should still strongly consider having it repaired at Dr. Brandon Green‘s American Fork, Utah clinic.

If it’s not repaired in a reasonable amount of time, the microscopic textures in the damaged tooth enamel can trap plaque buildup and other bacterial matter. This could eventually foster tooth decay to develop in the already compromised tooth.

Sometimes a small chip in a non-essential area can be easily repaired by a composite or amalgam filling. Composite-resin fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic. It can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel of a tooth in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a special blend of dental-grade metals that can be applied to repair a chip that needs to be durable enough to handle chewing and grinding.

Once it’s cured and bonded to the tooth enamel with a special ultraviolet light, it has repaired the chipped tooth for many years to come.

It’s important to note that you can maximize the life span of a filling with consistent improvements to your daily oral hygiene regimen.

If you’ve developed a chip on one of your teeth and you live in the American Fork, Utah area, you shouldn’t delay in calling 801.756.5136 to seek treatment with Dr. Brandon Green.