Certain activities and lifestyle choices can increase your risk of suffering a chip on one of your teeth. This is even more likely to be an issue for your front teeth if you have a bad habit of chewing your nails, using your teeth as tools or participating in a contact sport without wearing a mouthguard.
It’s always wise to have a chipped tooth examined at MedPlex Dental. Even if you don’t experience any heightened sensitivity, the damaged tooth enamel could harbor a new cavity.
Dr. Matilde Castellini might be able to repair a small chip with a standard filling. However, large chips or damaged enamel in a critical area of the tooth might call for a total dental crown restoration.
This is essentially a replica of the entire tooth enamel layer composed of sturdy dental porcelain. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a dental crown.
Our dentist will start the restoration process by removing the entire tooth enamel layer to form an abutment out of the inner core of the tooth. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Then, she will make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that this hard, plastic cap is not a fully functional tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment.
You’ll need to come into our practice for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be secured onto the abutment with a special dental adhesive. With good oral hygiene habits, this will restore the previously chipped tooth for many years to come.
If you live in Orlando, Florida, and you have suffered a chipped tooth, we encourage you to call 407-351-2245 to have it examined and repaired at MedPlex Dental as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy, beautiful smile!