Your tooth enamel has a lot of strength and durability because it’s made up of densely packed microscopic crystals, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged if you chew on hard objects, have a habit of tooth grinding or are hit hard in the face. We will review the process of how a chipped tooth can be improved with restorative dentistry like a dental crown to restore the tooth.
Visiting Northpointe Dental for treatment should be done as soon as possible, or else the chip in the tooth could lead to a cavity when invaded by plaque and food particles. If possible, we can address moderate tooth damage with a dental filling, but more severely chipped teeth typically need a dental crown for full restoration. We offer a couple of materials to custom make the dental crown, namely composite resin and porcelain, and we make sure the shape and size of the crown matches your natural tooth. Dental crowns are left hollow on the inside so that they can cover the affected tooth and protect it.
When you meet with our dentist, he can prepare the tooth by removing the enamel so that the remaining structure is shaped as an abutment that keeps the crown in place. Then, we capture your bite pattern in a detailed impression so that the dental lab that is creating the crown can provide custom results. We can provide a temporary dental crown in the meantime until the second appointment is scheduled to place your permanent crown.
To learn more about creating and placing dental crowns in Zanesville, Ohio, contact Dr. Brian J. Waggle and our team at 740-454-6644 today to schedule a consultation.