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Unresolved stress can have a serious impact on your overall health and the integrity of your teeth. This can cause you to clench your jaw and unconsciously grind your teeth while sleep. Without the use of a quality dental guard, this condition of bruxism could cause a chip on one of the molars or premolars in the back of your mouth.

When this happens the damaged tooth might experience increased sensitivity and discomfort when chewing food. Even if you don’t experience any immediate distress, you should still have the tooth examined and repaired by a dentist like Dr. Alexander Santos.

If the tooth isn’t treated in a reasonable amount of time, the compromised tooth enamel could gradually start to accumulate bacterial deposits. This could cause a large cavity to develop deep within the already compromised tooth.

Sometimes Dr. Alexander Santos can repair a small chip on a molar with an amalgam dental filling. This is a special blend of dental metals that are known for their durability. They tend to be dark in color making amalgam more suitable for repairing a chipped premolar that will not appear in your smile.

Once the dental filling material has been cured with a special ultraviolet light your newly repaired premolar will serve you for many years to come.

If a large amount of tooth enamel has been lost, the tooth has an existing dental filling, or the damage compromises the biting surface, Dr. Alexander Santos might recommend replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Chino Hills, California, area and you have a chip or small fracture on a premolar you should call 909-342-7945 to have it examined and repaired at Chino Hills Family Dentistry.