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Even though your tooth enamel is tough, your teeth are still not impervious to damage. While a blow to the face can chip a tooth, damage could just as easily occur from something as mundane as grinding your teeth or using your teeth as tools. Even if the chip doesn’t threaten the internal structures of the tooth, it could still trap plaque and food particles, causing a new area of tooth decay to develop.

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

A dental crown in Decatur, Illinois, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow so it can be anchored on an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

Once all of the tooth enamel has been removed, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Haarman 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 hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

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 one of your teeth is chipped, you should call our dental office at 217.877.1742 to have it examined and repaired.