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Your teeth are intended to have the durability to handle chewing common foods. Yet as hard as your teeth are, there are still times when tooth enamel can be chipped or fractured.

Minor dental fractures are sometimes associated with a bad oral habit, such as using your teeth as improvised tools, nibbling on desktop items, or failing to use a quality mouth guard during vigorous athletics.

It’s worth noting that even minor dental fractures that don’t cause immediate pain still need to be examined by an experienced dentist like Dr. Duke Kim. Without timely treatment, the compromised area of tooth enamel might be at increased risk of developing a severe cavity.

If the damage to the tooth enamel is minimal and only a single surface has been affected he might be repairing a chipped tooth by applying a basic dental filling.

Dr. Duke Kim will start by explaining your numbing options. This often calls for injecting a small amount of Novocain or other form procaine into the local gum tissues. Once you are comfortable he will prepare the tooth enamel to receive the dental filling.

The material he suggests for your dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile.


If you live in the Arlington, Virginia, region and you have a chipped tooth you should call 703-664-1969 to have it examined and treated at Ballston Dental Arts’s dental office.