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A chip can occur on a tooth in your smile from a variety of sources. This could be something as significant as a dental accident or something as mundane as using your teeth as tools. When this happens, the alteration in your smile’s appearance can have a significant impact on your self-confidence.

To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens might be able to apply a composite resin filling at Durango Dentistry.

Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will start the process by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to determine if any tooth decay has afflicted the tooth. If so, it might require additional treatment measures.

Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This creates a smooth, clean surface for the filling to bond to. Composite fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes it nearly impossible for the casual observer to detect.

Once it has been applied, cured, and hardened by an ultraviolet light, the newly repaired tooth should last you for many years to come. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices can also help improve the overall longevity of the filling as it will prevent bacteria from further attacking the remaining healthy tooth enamel.

If you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens at 970.259.1646 to have it examined and treated.