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The outer tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth is composed of dense mineral structures. This is what allows you to safely bite and chew food. At the same time, the strong mineral content also helps protect the sensitive core structures of your teeth from reacting to hot and cold.

Yet as hard as your teeth are there are still sometimes when tooth enamel can be chipped. Even if you aren’t experiencing any immediate pain or sensitivity problems, the compromised area of tooth enamel could be at heightened risk of suffering from a severe cavity.

If you have a chipped tooth, the wisest course of action is to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS. In some of these cases, a small chip might be repaired with simple composite or amalgam filling.

This mode of treatment typically starts with numbing the tooth and surrounding gums. Then Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS will carefully remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel. This will provide the necessary texture capable of bonding the dental filling in place.

The material used for the dental filling will depend on affected surface and its visibility in your smile.

A composite dental filling can effectively mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making it the preferred choice for a visible dental filling. An amalgam dental filling is durable, making them a better option for a chipped tooth in the back of your mouth.

If you live in the Pasadena, California, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 626-793-2273 to have it examined and treated at Hansen Dental Care’s dental offices.