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Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It allow you to efficiently chew and break down food for safe swallowing, and protects your teeth from cavity causing substances. Sometimes, misalignments in your bite pattern can cause one tooth to wear away the enamel of another tooth.

At first, you may no even know that you have damaged enamel. But as time goes on, you might notice a change in the color or surface texture of the tooth. This might also be accompanied by increasing sensitivity and general discomfort. If you notice something abnormal in one of your teeth you should have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Paul Hanna as soon as possible. If it’s caught early he might be able treat the compromised tooth with a dental filling. Amalgam dental fillings are typically dark in color which makes it a poor choice for treating an area that will appear when you smile. Composite dental fillings can mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This makes them the preferred choice for a visible dental filling.

To place a composite filling, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to prepare sufficient texture to hold the resin. The filling will be cured with a special ultraviolet light. This step hardens the amalgam and ensures that the filling will have a strong bond with the adjacent tooth enamel.

If you live in the New London, Connecticut, area and you have noticed a problem with one of your teeth, you should call 860-442-3323 to have it examined and treated at Paul Hanna, DMD PC.