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Even though your tooth enamel is tough, there are still times when something like a blow to the face or other accident can chip a tooth. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects or if you grind your teeth on a regular basis.

Most chips are relatively shallow and don’t cause pain. This might tempt you to ignore the chip, especially if it isn’t visible in your smile. Drs. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer do not advise this course of action because the chipped enamel will be highly prone to tooth decay.

In some cases, a chip might be small enough that it can be repaired by a basic filling. If the chip is significant or if it’s in a bad location in the smile, then your dentists might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Centreville, Virginia, is basically a complete replica of the tooth enamel. It is commonly made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow, which allows it to be anchored on an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

After all of the tooth enamel is removed, Drs. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer 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 the dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. To protect the abutment while you wait, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over it to keep it safe. Just keep in mind that the temporary crown will not restore the tooth’s full function.

You will be called back into Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should not delay in having it repaired. You should call Drs. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer at 703.994.4626 to seek timely treatment.