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Chips can form on tooth enamel from a myriad of different causes. This often includes things like using your teeth as tools or chronic night grinding without the protection of a quality dental guard. Many chips don’t cause pain or heightened sensitivity. This might tempt you to forgo treatment at Monroe Family Dentistry.

This could prove to be a significant error as the damaged textures in the tooth enamel could gradually start to trap microscopic food particles and bacterial residue. In time, a new cavity could form dangerously deep in the already compromised tooth.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired by a filling made from composite resin or amalgam. However, if a chip is large, in a critical location, or near a pre-existing filling, Drs. Dull and Karpenko might recommend a total restoration of the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

After numbing the area with Novocain, our dentists will use 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.

Then, Drs. Dull and Karpenko will make a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab to guide the technicians in the creation of your new crown. We will then secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

A staff member 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 live in the Monroe, Michigan, area and you have a tooth that’s suffered a chip or fracture, you should call 734-241-6550 to have it repaired by our dentists.