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If you grind your teeth on nightly basis or you have a bad habit of crunching on ice, you are at increased risk of suffering a chip on the biting surface of one of your molars or premolars. When this happens, the tooth might experience heightened sensitivity and discomfort when chewing. If it’s not repaired in a reasonable amount of time, the damaged tooth could also suffer from a newly developed cavity.

The severity of the damage to the biting surface of the tooth will directly influence the treatment methods Dr. Jee Lee suggests. Sometimes a small fractured on a tooth’s biting surface can be repaired with a simple composite or amalgam dental filling. In a case where a large amount of occlusal structure was damaged, Dr. Jee Lee might recommend a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

If a large area of tooth enamel was damaged, Dr. Jee Lee might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the compromised tooth enamel layer with a special dental material such as gold, porcelain, or a base metal alloy.

Once the appropriate dental work has been installed you should continue to brush twice and floss once each day to help preserve the tooth and the health of the underlying gums. If you live in the Anaheim California, area and you have recently suffered a chip or fracture on the biting surface of one of your teeth, you should call 714-635-5500 to have it examined and repaired at Dental Group of Anaheim.