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If you have a bad habit of using your teeth to open packages and containers, or you sometimes nibble on foreign objects, you could be putting your teeth at risk of suffering a chip or fracture. A similar threat is also posed to people who grind their teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard.

Even if a damaged area of tooth is small and it doesn’t immediately cause pain, you should still have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Tanya Peterson. If the damage is limited to a single surface he might be able to repair it by installing a simple dental filling.

The specific material used for the dental filling will vary depending on the area’s visibility in your smile and the functional surface of the tooth.

An amalgam dental filling is created from a special metallic blend that is durable. It does not match the appearance of natural tooth enamel, which makes amalgam a poor choice for repairing an area that appears in your smile.

A chip or fracture on a highly visible area might require a composite dental filling. This is a special form of dental resin that can be shaded to mimic the appearance of the surrounding tooth enamel.

After the dental filling material has been applied Dr. Tanya Peterson will harden it with a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Burnsville, Minnesota, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 952-890-2791 to have it examined and treated at Heart of the City Dental.