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Your tooth enamel is composed of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This gives your teeth the strength to bite, chew and grind hard foods. As hard as the enamel is, there are some situations, like grinding your teeth, nibbling on pens and pencils, or suffering a blow to the face, that can carry enough unnatural force to chip tooth enamel.

Most chips are relatively shallow and don’t cause pain. This might tempt you to ignore the chip, especially if it isn’t in your smile. Your dentist, Dr. Henry Danziger, warns against this because food particles and plaque could easily become trapped in the chipped area, encouraging a new area of tooth decay to develop.

In some cases, a chip might be small enough that it can be repaired by applying a basic dental filling. If the chip is significant or in a bad location on the tooth, then Dr. Henry Danziger might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Naugatuck, Connecticut, is basically a complete replica of the external tooth enamel. It is commonly 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 the tooth enamel has been cleared away, Dr. Henry Danziger 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. To protect it while you wait, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to keep it safe. Just keep in mind that the temporary crown will not restore the tooth’s full function to bite or chew hard foods.

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 one or more chipped teeth, you should not delay in contacting Henry K. Danziger DDS at 203.729.0563 to have it examined and repaired.