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A chip can harm the tooth enamel layer of any one of your teeth. Chips can come from an accidental blow to the face or attempts to use your teeth to open a package. People who struggle with unresolved bruxism often chip a tooth when grinding their teeth.

If a chip is small and confined to a non-essential location on the tooth, Dr. Nathan Owens might be able to repair it by applying a filling at his Pulaski, Tennessee, clinic. After examining the tooth to assess the extent of the damage, Dr. Nathan Owens will numb the gums with an injection of Novocain.

A drill will then be used to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to provide a clean, healthy surface to cement a filling in place.The filling material that Dr. Nathan Owens selects will depend on the tooth’s primary function and how visible it is in your smile.

A chipped back tooth can often be repaired by a simple amalgam filling. This is a blend of special dental-grade metals. Once cured and hardened, it has the durability to handle the daily work of chewing and grinding. For a filling that will be visible in your smile, Dr. Nathan Owens might use a composite filling. This is a special plastic resin material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Pulaski, Tennessee, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 931-363-1388 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Nathan Owens’s clinic.