There are several things that can chip tooth enamel. This could come from an unprotected blow to the face during sports, improving your teeth in place of appropriate tools, or a bad habit of chewing on stray desktop items. People who grind their teeth during sleep are also at increased risk of suffering chipped enamel on the biting surface of multiple teeth.
Sometimes the dentists at Barron Dentistry’s Fort Worth, Texas clinic can repair a chipped tooth with a simple filling. However, a large chip or one that compromises a critical surface of the tooth might require a full crown restoration.
This essentially replaces the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast from a material that will prove invulnerable to future tooth decay problems.
Your dentist will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment. This will later serve to anchor the crown in your mouth. We will then make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown is made.
A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to keep it safe, while the dental lab goes to work. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown is not a fully functional tooth. The hard-plastic cap is only meant to protect the abutment while you await completion of your crown.
We will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab has completed your crown. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and the dentist will then use a special dental-grade adhesive to secure the permanent crown in your mouth.
If you live in the Fort Worth, Texas area and you have chipped or fractured a tooth, you should call 817.732.1626 to schedule an appointment at Barron Dentistry’s clinic.