A bad habit like chewing on ice or medications can sometimes exert enough force to chip or fracture a tooth’s enamel layer. A similar problem could also be related to chronic night grinding or using your teeth to open a package.
If the damaged tooth isn’t treated by a dentist in a reasonable amount of time bacterial deposits might start to accumulate in the area causing a new area of tooth decay. At the same time some chipped teeth are also prone to more severe dental fractures in the future.
Here at Ace Family Dental & Cosmetic Dentist, the first step in the process of treating a chipped tooth starts with a comprehensive oral exam. If there isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for our dentist to safely apply a dental filling she might recommend performing a dental crown restoration.
The treatment process is intended to eventually replace the tooth’s original enamel layer with an equally durable dental material.
To prepare the tooth for the dental crown Dr. Pallavi Rakesh will need to remove the remaining tooth enamel layer, which will leave behind an abutment containing the healthy core structure of the tooth. At that point our dentist will make an impression of the area which will serve as a guide for the dental lab technicians tasked with milling your dental crown from the specified material.
When it is ready the dental crown will be cemented onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive to completely restore the tooth’s basic function in your mouth.
If you live in the Alpharetta, Georgia, region, and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 678-562-1555 to have it examined and treated at Ace Family Dental & Cosmetic Dentist.