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If you unconsciously grind your teeth when sleeping, or you have a bad habit of crunching on ice, you could potentially suffer a chip or minor dental fracture on one of the molars or premolars in the back of your mouth.

Without timely treatment from one of the dentists at Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC, food matter and plaque could begin to collect in the damaged tooth enamel. If your twice-daily tooth brushing fails to clean away these bacterial deposits it could invite the development of a severe cavity.

Effectively treating a tooth in this condition starts with Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC conducting a thorough examination of the tooth. This might also include taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the molar’s structural integrity hasn’t been compromised.

If the tooth has suffered minimal damage, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC might be able to repair it with an amalgam dental filling. This is a special blend of dental metals. Once cured by an ultraviolet light the dental filling will be rather durable.

If the tooth has been significantly damaged, or the biting surface has been altered, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC might recommend repairing the tooth with an inlay dental filling, onlay dental filling, or a restorative dental crown.

If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you have a chipped molar, you should call 520-298-5556 to have it examined and repaired at Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC.