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Dental fractures and chipped teeth can cause problems with localized tooth sensitivity, as well as decreased oral function. Sometimes a chipped tooth can also harbor bacterial deposits that come to foster severe cavities. Even a minor chip can compromise the strength of a tooth, leading to a more severe dental fracture in the future.

In a case where the damage is limited to a single surface of tooth enamel our dentist, Dr. Richard Evans, may be able to treat the affected tooth by applying a dental filling. The specific material used for the dental filling will vary depending on the size of dental fracture and its general visibility when you smile.

A chip that appears in the front of your mouth might call for our dentistto use a composite dental filling made from a special type dental resin that can be shaded to match the appearance of the surrounding tooth enamel. After the dental filling material has been prepared and applied, our dentist will harden it with a special type of ultraviolet light.

Your routine dental checkups will include a dental exam to monitor the overall health of your teeth and the strength of the treated tooth.

If you live in the La Mesa, California, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 619-460-0700 to have it examined and treated at Summit Dental of La Mesa.