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Tooth enamel is intended to be naturally strong enough to withstand years of biting, chewing, and grinding food. Its mineral density gives your teeth the important ability to break down food while also resisting cavities.

Unfortunately, there are times when something can apply enough force to chip or fracture tooth enamel. This is more likely to be an issue if poor oral hygiene practices have caused tooth enamel demineralization.

Sometimes a chip or minor dental fracture can cause heightened sensitivity and discomfort without directly traumatizing the sensitive inner core of the tooth. This could limit your basic oral function and potentially invite tooth decay complications.

In some of these cases, Dr. Jeff Tufarolo might be able to repair a small chip with a dental filling made from metallic amalgam. This is a special blend of dental grade metals that have a reputation for being durable.

This method of treatment calls Dr. Jeff Tufarolo to numb the tooth and remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will provide a textural surface that helps to effectively anchor the amalgam to the surrounding tooth enamel.   

Once this is done he will prepare the metallic amalgam and apply it to the damaged area. Once it has been hardened with a special ultraviolet light the dental filling will restore the structural integrity of the previously compromised tooth.

If your tooth enamel has been demineralized, a follow-up fluoride treatment might be called for to help strengthen your teeth and reduce your chances of future fractures and tooth decay.

If you live in the Everett, Washington, area and you have recently suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 425-405-6400 to have it examined and repaired at Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS.