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Unconsciously grind your teeth while sleeping is often related to issues with unresolved chronic stress. If it occurs on a nightly basis the excessive pressure and forces caused by this condition, known as bruxism, can potentially chip or fracture one of your teeth.

If you wake up in the morning with a chipped or fractured tooth it’s best to have examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Chad S Burt, before further complications arise. If the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer is minor he might be able to treat it by installing a dental filling.

To do this he will likely recommend injecting procaine into the local gum tissues to help numb the tooth to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process. Once this is done he will carefully remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel to create perfectly clean surface capable of securing the dental filling.

The type of material that he uses for the dental filling might vary depending on the size, severity and location of the chipped tooth enamel. A composite dental filling can mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, which makes it a good choice for a dental filling that will appear when you smile.

If you are in the Midvale, Utah, area, and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 801-255-3578 to have it examined and treated at Chad S. Burt DMD & Kyle W. Dimond DDS.