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Bad habits like chewing on ice, pens, or using your teeth to open packages can place your smile at increased risk of damage. Athletes who fail to use a protective mouth guard during games or at practice are also at an increased risk of suffering from a dental damage.

Even if an area of compromised tooth enamel doesn’t cause you immediate pain, you should still have the tooth examined as soon as possible. It’s important to prevent a severe cavity from developing in the tooth. If the fracture is minimal, our dentist, Dr. Mandy Nicacio might be able to repair the tooth with a composite or amalgam dental filling. This treatment starts with the dentist numbing the tooth and surrounding gums. Then, he will carefully remove a small amount of tooth material to provide a clean healthy surface in which to place the filling.

Metal amalgam and composite resin dental fillings can be applied in a single appointment. Amalgam uses a blend of durable dental metals, which makes them a good choice for repairing damage on a molar or premolar. Composite dental fillings are made from a special type of dental resin that can be shaded to match with the surface of the tooth. Composite fillings are used for teeth that are easily visible and do not receive a great deal of pressure from chewing or biting.

If you live in the Hermiston, Oregon, area, and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, please call  541-567-4143 to plan your visit to Hermiston Dental Group.