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There are some things that can increase your chances of suffering a chip on your teeth. This could happen if you nervously nibble on stray objects or you have a nasty habit of using your teeth as improvised tools. At the same time, people who grind their teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard are highly likely to suffer a chip on one of the molars or premolars in the back of the mouth.

Should you suffer a chip on one of these important back teeth, you should not procrastinate having it treated by Dr. Scott A. Young. Having it repaired early will reduce your chances of tooth decay afflicting the damaged tooth enamel.

If the chip is small and the occlusal surface is not significantly compromised, Dr. Scott A. Young might be able to repair the chipped tooth with an amalgam filling. This type of filling is made from a blend of inert metals. They are durable, making them a good choice for repairing damage on one of your back teeth.

To apply the filling, Dr. Scott A. Young will numb the tooth and remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This ensures a smooth, healthy surface for the amalgam to successfully bond with. Once it is cured and hardened by a dental-grade ultraviolet light, the filling should effectively repair the tooth for many years.

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have suffered a chip on one of your back teeth, you should not delay in calling 704-541-5900 to seek treatment at Scott A. Young, DDS.