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Unresolved stress might make you to unconsciously grind your teeth while you sleep. This can put your teeth at significant risk of suffering chips on the biting surfaces of the tooth enamel. One easy way to prevent this from happening is to wear a dental guard in your mouth while you sleep at night.

If you are remiss to use one of these mouthpieces and you suffer a chip on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t wait to seek treatment and repair at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. It’s important to have the chip repaired before bacteria can exploit the distressed tooth enamel and cause a dangerously deep cavity.

With timely diagnosis and treatment, a small chip can be repaired by Dr. Jerry Butler with a dental filling. The process starts with your dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. They will then numb the area with an injection of Novocain.

Once the area has been fully numbed, your dentist will use a drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This creates a smooth surface so he can securely bond the filling material.

A tooth that appears in your smile might be repaired by a composite filling. This is a special dental resin that can be shaded to look like your natural tooth enamel. An amalgam filling is made from a blend of dental-grade metals. It is more durable than a composite filling, making it the preferred option for repairing chips on molars that are used to do a lot of chewing and grinding.

If you live in the Boone, North Carolina, area and you have suffered a chip on one of your teeth, you should call (828) 264-5858 to have it treated at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.