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The average person has eight molars in the back of their mouth. These large teeth play an important role in chewing, grinding, and processing foods before swallowing. If you have a bad habit of crunching down on ice and hard candies, or if you grind your teeth at night, you could suffer a chip on one of your molars.

When this happens, the damaged tooth could cause discomfort and sensitivity problems when you eat and drink. It could even hamper your ability to efficiently break down food before swallowing. Even if you don’t experience symptoms of distress the damaged tooth enamel could gradually come to host a new cavity.

Sometimes Dr. Frantz Backer can repair a small chip on a molar with a tooth-colored dental filling. This is a special blend of composite resin that is known for its durability. The treatment process starts with Dr. Frantz Backer numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to remove a small amount of surrounding tooth enamel. This will provide the necessary structure to effectively anchor the dental filling in place.

Then he will prepare the filling material and apply it to the damaged area. Once it has been shaped and cured with a special ultraviolet light, it will repair the chipped tooth for many years to come.

Dr. Frantz Backer might also recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth, if the chip was caused by grinding your teeth. If you live in the Jackson Heights, New York, area and you have a chipped molar you should call 718-313-9987 to have it examined and repaired at Advanced Dentistry of New York.