When tooth enamel is chipped it can leave behind a microscopically textured surface capable of trapping plaque and other bacterial deposits. As this starts to happen the chances of a cavity forming in the distressed tooth increase significantly.
With early detection, Dr. Kevin M. Altieri might be able to treat a tooth in this condition with a simple amalgam or composite resin dental filling. This will involve removing all traces of tooth decay before applying an alternate dental material.
The specific material he recommends will be based on the tooth’s function in your mouth and the dental filling’s visibility in your smile.
Composite resin fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic material that can be color matched to the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good option for repairing a chip or cavity on a tooth that appears in your smile.
Amalgam is another type of filling material Dr. Kevin M. Altieri might employ. It is a blend of dental metals that are dark in color. They are also very durable making them better for repairing a back tooth.
Going forward a consistent daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice and flossing once each day will help maximize the dental filling’s lifespan.
If you are in the Fort Worth, Texas, area and you have a cavity or chipped tooth, you should call 817.294.5513 to seek professional dental treatment at Bellaire Dental Excellence.