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There are times when sometimes like grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis or nibbling on pens and pencils can cause a chip on a tooth. A minor chip might not cause pain. However, the damaged enamel can eventually harbor tooth decay dangerously close to the dentin layer of the tooth.

Should the chip prove to be too large to be repaired by a dental filling, your dentist, Dr. Michael Spencer, might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown in Jacksonville, Florida.

The process begins with Dr. Michael Spencer examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the interior of the tooth has been damaged, he might need to perform a root canal. This would replace any damaged interior structures and prevent further pain.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will eventually act as an anchor point for the crown.

At the end of this appointment, he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, the abutment will be covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

A member of Dr. Michael Spencer’s staff will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown. Then, a strong dental adhesive will be used to cement your new crown onto the abutment.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call 904.355.5531 to understand your treatment options at Riverside Dental.