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A bad habit of biting your nails, using your teeth to open packages or grinding your teeth at night can put you at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth. Even if you learn to live with heightened sensitivity and any alterations in your smile, you should still strongly consider having the tooth examined and repaired at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc.

If bacterial matter and stray food particles become lodged in the minute textures of the damaged tooth enamel, it could cause a new cavity to form. Since the tooth is already compromised, the bacterial presence could quickly penetrate deep into the tooth, causing additional complications.

A small chip might be repairable with a standard filling. However, large chips or damaged enamel in a critical area of the tooth might call for a total dental crown restoration. This dental cap will completely replicate the entire tooth enamel layer and it is composed of either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.

Your dentist will start the restoration process by removing the entire tooth enamel layer to create an abutment out of the inner core of the tooth. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that this hard, plastic cap is not a fully functional tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment.

You’ll need to come back for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be secured onto the abutment with a special dental adhesive.

If you live in Lemon Grove, California, and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 619-569-1925 to have it examined and repaired at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc.