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Your tooth enamel gives your teeth sufficient strength to bite and chew most common foods. At the same time, if you grind your teeth, use your teeth as tools, or have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects, it can potentially chip the tooth enamel.

If a chip is small, your dentist, Dr. Richard Cavallaro, can repair it with a standard dental filling. However, if the chip is significant or in a bad location on the tooth, then it might need to be restored by a dental crown.

A dental crown in Lemon Grove, California, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold, or a 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 all the tooth enamel has been removed, Dr. Richard Cavallaro 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. In the interim, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

Dr. Richard Cavallaro will call you to schedule a short follow-up appointment when the new crown is ready. During this session, he will remove the temporary crown before using a strong dental adhesive to cement your new crown into place.

If you have recently chipped a tooth, you should call 619-569-1925 to have it treated and repaired at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc.