The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to chip the enamel on one of the teeth in your smile. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pencils or pens.
If one of the teeth in your smile is badly chipped Michael P. Gaudio, D.M.D. might not be able to repair it with a simple filling. In a situation like this, we will often recommend having the entire enamel layer of the chipped tooth replaced with a porcelain or porcelain-fused to metal crown.
The process of restoring the chipped tooth starts with a thorough examination to assess the severity of the chip. So long as the damage is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth the dentist can then create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth leaving a small abutment behind.
The dentist will then create an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it.
We will call you in for a brief second appointment, once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown is cemented into place over the abutment.
If you have a badly chipped tooth, you should contact Michael P. Gaudio, D.M.D. at 203-265-3355 to discuss your restoration options.