Even though tooth enamel is a very hard substance, there are still things that can chip or fracture it. When a tooth suffers a small chip, Dr. Steven Driggers can often repair the tooth with a standard dental filling.
A tooth suffering a large chip might not be viable for repair by a filling. To treat a problem like this, Dr. Steven Driggers might recommend restoring the chipped tooth with a dental crown. This is a near-perfect replica of the entire tooth enamel layer that is cast from either gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.
Dr. Steven Driggers will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the interior of the tooth has been damaged, they might need to perform a root canal or other endodontic treatment before the restoration can begin.
We will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will eventually act as an anchor point for the crown.
At the end of this appointment, they will take an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment will then be protected by a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.
You will need to come back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown in place over the abutment.
If you have recently suffered a chipped tooth and you live in the Avon, Indiana, area, you should call (317) 495-9537 to have it repaired at Sonshine Family Dental.