Your tooth enamel is very hard. While it’s meant to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew food, there are abnormal situations that can potentially chip a tooth. This is even more likely to occur if you grind your teeth on a regular basis or if you have a bad habit of using your teeth as tools.
Even if a chip doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity, you should still contact our office to have it repaired as soon as possible. The damaged tooth enamel could potentially trap food particles and bacteria, causing a dangerous area of tooth decay. This is where a dental crown could come in handy.
A dental crown in Beverly Hills, California, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to be anchored on an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.
Once all the tooth enamel has been removed, your dentists, Drs. Goodman and Kim, will make a detailed impression of the abutment and the neighboring teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.
The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. In the interim, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
You will be called back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large chip, you should not delay in calling 310-734-4557 to have it repaired or restored at our office.