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Problem with my enamel

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Posted by: missme  (10 years ago)
Five years ago, the enamel on my top front teeth started feeling very rough and they looked discolored. My dentist sanded them off and he put some white composite filling over the top. After about seven months, I had it redone. After a year, my teeth looked brown and one of my front teeth chipped off. The dentist had patched the chipped tooth up. Now one of the front teeth has chipped again. Is this now the effect of the composite filling on my teeth? Can anyone suggest me of a permanent way to solve my problem?

Thank you very much in advance for your answers!
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Posted by: mariellove  (10 years ago)
Hi Missme!

Filling does not harm the enamel and I don't think it causes the teeth to chip off either. You're probably grinding your teeth at night which causes your teeth to chip off. If this is the case, I recommend using mouth guards at night. The dentist can grind or file the tooth down and fill it up with either composite or porcelain veneers if the chip is small. If it is badly chipped, you will be needing a crown to cover the tooth. See your dentist or you may visit a new one now before another tooth chips off or before the chipped tooth creates a problem.

As for the discoloration of the teeth, it can be addressed with bleaching. Ask your dentist about it.
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Posted by: newmiss  (10 years ago)
Acidic diet, bruxism, tooth decay or clenching can cause weakening of the teeth. A minor chip can be polished/smoothed out. If it was chipped badly, you can go for a crown to cover and protect the damaged part of the tooth.