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If you have a bad habit of biting your nails, nibbling on pens and pencils, or using your teeth to open packages, you are placing your front teeth at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture. When one of these teeth is chipped it can alter your smile’s appearance.

Even if the tooth doesn’t cause you immediate discomfort, and you are comfortable with the change in appearance, the compromised tooth enamel could still pose long term problems. As time goes on plaque and other bacterial deposits can build up in the damaged tooth enamel causing a new cavity to form.

If the chip is small Dr. Jerry Butler might be able to effectively treat the tooth with a special composite dental filling. This is a dental plastic material that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.

After numbing the tooth Dr. Jerry Butler will use a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will ensure a clean, smooth surface to bond the filling material in place. Then he can shade the composite material and apply it directly to the tooth.

With some minor shaping and adjustments, the dental filling will blend seamlessly with your natural tooth enamel.

Once the composite material has been cured with a special ultraviolet light the dental filling will repair the tooth for many years.

If you live in the Boone, North Carolina, area and you have chipped one of your front teeth, you should not delay in calling (828) 264-5858 to have it examined and treated at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.