As hard as your teeth are, there are still times when something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth as a tool, can actually chip a tooth. Most chips are limited to the enamel layer of a tooth. While some can be repaired by a basic filling, there are times when Bear River Dental’s dentist will recommend restoring a badly chipped tooth with a crown.
A crown essentially is a duplicate of the enamel layer of the tooth, made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material that Bear River Dental’s dentist recommends for your crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile.
Your Bear River Dental dentist will first want to conduct a thorough examination of the tooth and take some X-rays. It’s important to assess the severity of the chip and make sure that tooth decay has not found a way to penetrate the sensitive interior of the tooth.
Assuming the interior of the tooth maintains its integrity, the dentist can then use a drill to remove the enamel layer of the tooth. This creates an abutment that will later serve to anchor your final crown in place.
Then they will make an impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. The abutment is covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to a dental lab where your final crown is made.
The staff at Bear River Dental will call you back in for a short second appointment when your final crown is ready. Then the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and cement your new crown in place on the abutment.
If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Bear River Dental’s office in Evanston, Wyoming at 307.789.5608 to have it repaired before decay can set in.