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Having a one or more chips on a tooth, whether it’s noticeable in your smile or simply on the biting surface of one of your back teeth can have some serious implications. Beyond simply marring your appearance or impeding your ability to chew food, the chipped enamel also invites tooth decay. This is especially troublesome if the chip is deep as it gives bacteria more immediate access to the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.

If the chip is too large to be repaired by a filling, your Dr. Shur Dental dentist might recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.

First the dentist will examine the tooth, to assess the severity of the chip and make sure the pulp and other interior structures of the tooth are healthy.

Next, they will remove the enamel layer of the tooth leaving a post-like abutment behind. The abutment is essentially the dentin, and pulp of the tooth that will later serve to anchor the crown.

At the end of this first appointment, your dentist will form a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while they prepare your final crown. A hard plastic temporary crown is then secured over the abutment to protect it.

We will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. During this brief appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should not hesitate to call Dr. Shur Dental’s office in Lynnwood, Washington at 425-741-2030 to explore your restoration options.