If you procrastinate having a chipped tooth repaired, the compromised area of tooth enamel can start to trap minute bacterial deposits. When this happens the chances of a cavity forming deep in the distressed tooth can increase significantly.
If it’s caught early, Dr. Kate Steele might be able to repair the compromised tooth by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling. If the affected area is large, Dr. Kate Steele might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
To do this, she will start by numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment made from the underlying dentin layer of the tooth.
Dr. Kate Steele’s technicians will then prepare a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for the dental lab that creates your dental crown. At the end of the appointment, a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When your it’s ready, we will call you back in to have the permanent dental crown cemented in place. With consistent oral hygiene habits, your new crown should restore the function and appearance of your tooth for many years to come.
If you live in Denver, Colorado, and you have a tooth suffering from a chip or a large cavity, you can call 303-278-3353 to seek treatment at Steele Dentistry.