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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth do a significant amount of work chewing and grinding the foods you eat. When a chip forms on one of these teeth, it can pose future problems. As time goes by, stray food material and bacterial residue could become trapped in the minute textures of the damaged tooth enamel. This could cause a new cavity on an already altered tooth.

In some cases where the chip or dental fracture is small, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick might be able to repair the tooth with a dental filling.

The specific material he advocates for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of inert metals. They are durable, making them a good choice for repairing a small cavity on a molar or premolar.

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 Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you have suffered a chip or other dental fracture on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 804-781-1919 to seek treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.