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Tooth enamel gets its incredible strength from a complex matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. Yet as hard as your teeth are there are still some things that can chip or fracture a tooth. This often comes in the form of an accidental blow to the mouth, crunching repeatedly on ice, or a bad habit of chewing on desktop items.

Once the tooth enamel has been chipped the compromised area can become increasingly vulnerable to tooth decay, or a more severe dental fracture. If the tooth isn’t repaired in a reasonable amount of time bacterial deposits could start to accumulate in the chipped tooth enamel. This could lead to the development of a severe cavity.

With timely attention, a professionally trained dentist Dr. Bruce Westover might be able to repair a small chip with a dental filling. Composite dental fillings are created a special type of dental resin that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a chip that’s visible in your smile.

Dental fillings created from metallic amalgam are noticeably darker than natural tooth enamel. Yet they are known to be very durable. This makes them better suited for repairing a chip on a tooth that will not readily appear in your smile.

If you live in the Cottonwood, Arizona, area and you have recently chipped a tooth, you should call 928-634-5566 to have it treated at Dr. Bruce Westover’s dental offices.