Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. It is what allows you to bite and chew hard foods. However, if you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects, using your teeth as tools, or grinding your teeth at night, it can potentially chip one or more teeth.
Sometimes a chip can be repaired by a simple filling. If it’s a large chip, then your Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta dentist might recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Decatur, Georgia.
First, Dr. Brett Langston will examine the tooth to assess the severity of the chip and make sure the pulp and other interior structures of the tooth are healthy.
Then, he will remove the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving a post-like abutment behind. The abutment is essentially the dentin and pulp of the tooth that will later serve to anchor the crown.
Next, the dentist will form a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians prepare your final crown. A hard, plastic, temporary crown is then secured over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab technicians have completed your permanent crown. During this brief appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a badly chipped tooth, you need to call Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta at (404) 321-4588 to have it treated and repaired to prevent future complications.