A chipped tooth in your smile can affect your appearance and leave you feeling socially awkward. If the chip is significant, the tooth might not be a viable candidate for a simple filling. If the chip is significant or if it is in a critical location on the tooth, Dr. Letitia M. Williams might recommend restoring the entire tooth with a dental crown in Union Springs, Alabama.
Your dentist starts by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the chip has not damaged the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain. Next, a drill will be used to remove all of the remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind the dentin core of the tooth, which will serve as an abutment to eventually anchor your crown.
Our team will then make an impression of the area before securing a temporary crown over the abutment. The impression will then be sent to the dental lab where your new crown will be produced.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this brief appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a chipped tooth in your smile, you should call Letitia M. Williams, DDS, LLC at 334.738.3111 to explore your treatment and restoration options.