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A chipped tooth might seem like a minor inconvenience. If the chip isn’t prevalent in your smile, you might be tempted to procrastinate having it repaired. However, the damaged tooth enamel could start to trap food particles and plaque, fostering a new area of tooth decay. Sometimes, a badly chipped tooth can’t be repaired by a filling. Should this be the case, your dentist, Dr. Jon C. Bauman, might need to repair the tooth with a dental crown in Brighton, Colorado.

The enamel layer of your teeth is very hard and extremely durable, yet there are times when a fall or blow to the face can crack one of your teeth. This is even more likely to be the case if you play contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard.

Even if the crack is shallow and doesn’t cause sensitivity problems, you will still need to have it treated and repaired to prevent future tooth decay from developing in the area. A small crack can sometimes be repaired with a filling. However, most cracks require the entire tooth enamel layer to be replaced with a dental crown.

The process starts with your dentist using a drill to remove the entire enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide while the technicians create your new crown. Our team will then secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.

If you have a badly chipped tooth, you should call 303.659.1920 to seek treatment at Riverdale Dental Center.