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The molars in the back of your mouth are large. They work in tandem with other molars and premolars to handle the majority of the chewing and grinding work you need to process food before swallowing. As durable as these teeth are, it is still possible for a dental accident or an oral trauma to chip a molar. This is even more likely to occur if you tend to grind your teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard.

When this happens, the molar might not give you any distress, discomfort, or heightened sensitivity. You shouldn’t let this lure you into procrastinating professional care for the damaged tooth. As time goes by, stray food material and bacterial plaque could become trapped in the chipped tooth enamel, causing a cavity to form in a tooth that is critical for your oral function.

A molar with a modest-sized chip can often be repaired at James A. Johnson, DDS with an amalgam filling. This is a special blend of inert dental metals that are known for their durability.

First, Dr. James Johnson will need to prepare the surface by using a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. Then, he will prepare the amalgam filling material. Once it has been cured with a special ultraviolet light, it will repair the chipped premolar for many years to come.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have a chipped molar, you should call 713.988.0536 to have it examined and repaired by Dr. James Johnson.