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People who grind their teeth at night, without the protection of a quality dental guard, and those who improvise teeth as tools, are at increased risk of chipping a tooth. When this first happens, the distressed tooth might not cause any overt discomfort. Yet as time goes on, bacterial matter might become trapped, fostering a new area of tooth decay to form.

To prevent this from happening, you should have any chipped teeth repaired, as soon as possible, at Dr. Frederick Prehn’s Wausau, Wisconsin, clinic. In some cases, where the chip is small or in a non-critical location, Dr. Frederick Prehn might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling.

This mode of treatment starts with Dr. Frederick Prehn injecting Novocain into the surrounding gums to numb the area. Dr. Frederick Prehn will then remove any damaged or newly decayed tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to bond the eventual filling.

The material Dr. Frederick Prehn selects for the filling will primarily be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. A composite filling can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a chip that was visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of base metals. They are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a chip on one of your back teeth.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened with an ultraviolet light, it will effectively restore the full function of the previously chipped tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 715-842-1270 to have it treated and repaired with Dr. Frederick Prehn.