Tooth enamel is designed to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew common foods. However, there are still times when something like grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth as tools can chip a tooth. Beyond the adverse effect to your appearance, the damaged enamel can trap food particles and bacteria, encouraging a new cavity to form.
If there’s not enough healthy enamel remaining to repair the tooth with a filling, your dentist, Dr. Robert Wagner, might recommend restoring the chipped tooth with a dental crown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Robert Wagner 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, he might need to perform a root canal before a crown can be installed.
Then, he will 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, he will form 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.
Dr. Robert Wagner will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. During this appointment, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.
If you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 954-566-5428 to have it treated and repaired at Ultimate Smile Dental.