The teeth in the rear of your mouth play an important role in chewing, grinding, and breaking down food before swallowing. If you grind your teeth at night, or you have a bad habit of crunching on ice, it could chip one of these teeth.
When this happens the damaged tooth enamel can lead to sensitivity when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things. You might also experience discomfort when biting down. All of these things can cause you to inefficiently process food, increasing your risk of choking when swallowing.
To remedy these symptoms and prevent a cavity from developing in the chipped tooth, you should have it examined by Dr. A. Agustin Vega as soon as possible. The severity of the damage to the tooth will largely influence the treatment method he advocates.
Dr. A. Agustin Vega will start by performing a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the severity of the damage. This might also include taking a few X-rays to make sure the internal structures of the tooth have not been traumatized.
If the damage to the tooth Dr. A. Agustin Vega might be able to repair the tooth with a simple amalgam dental filling.
Dr. A. Agustin Vega will then discuss your numbing options with you. This might include injecting Novocain into the underlying gums to help you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. Once this is done Dr. A. Agustin Vega will use a dental drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.
Amalgam dental fillings are known for being durable. This makes them a good choice for repairing a chipped tooth enamel that will not appear in your smile. They are made from a blend of dental-grade metals, that are somewhat malleable when they are first applied and shaped.
Once the filling has been cured by a special ultraviolet light it will harden the amalgam material and bond it to the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you have a chip on one of your teeth, and you live in the Olympia, Washington, area, you should call 360-943-5551 to have it treated at A. Agustin Vega.