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Chipped teeth can vary in severity and cause. Many are the result of sports injuries, or bad habits like nibbling on your fingernails, pens, and pencils. How severely the tooth is affected will determine the treatment method that Dr. Michael Dana recommends.

The longer you delay in having the chipped tooth treated, the more likely you are to experience tooth sensitivity, general discomfort, or the formation of a new cavity.

Sometimes a chip can be small enough for Dr. Michael Dana to treat the tooth with a dental filling. This involves using a drill to remove all the compromised tooth enamel and prepare a clean surface. The material that Dr. Michael Dana selects for the dental filling will be influenced by the chips location and the tooth’s visibility in your smile.  

An amalgam dental filling is made from a special blend of inert dental metals. They have the durability to handle the tough work of chewing and grinding. Since they are dark in color amalgam is not an ideal choice for repairing a tooth that appears in your smile.

Composite dental fillings are a good option for repairing a tooth in your smile. They are made from a special dental resin material that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the dental filling material has been shaded and applied Dr. Michael Dana will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Spearfish, South Dakota, area and you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 605.642.7727 to have it treated and repaired at Dana Dental Arts.