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The premolars in your mouth are called upon to play a variety of roles. One the one hand, they can replicate the ability of your front teeth by helping you bite off tough foods. On the other hand, they can also assist the molars in the back of your mouth with the work of chewing and grinding all the foods you consume. Suffering a chip on one of these all-purpose teeth can cause significant impairment to your ability to chew.

This is even more likely to be an issue if you crunch on ice or if you have a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils. Bruxism, which is the act of grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, can also threaten the integrity of premolar tooth enamel.

For a premolar with a small chip, Dr. Benjamin Johnson might be able to repair the tooth with an amalgam filling. This is a special blend of inert dental metals that are known for their durability.

Your dentist might 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. With some minor shaping and adjustments, the filling material will blend perfectly with the shape of the premolar.

Once the filling has been cured with a special ultraviolet light, it will repair the chipped premolar for many years to come.

If you live in the Waco, Texas, area and you have a chipped premolar, you should call 254 227-5082 to have it examined and repaired at Acre Wood Dental.