Chips and minor dental fractures can vary in size, depth, and severity. Even if the damage is limited to the tooth enamel and you’re not experiencing any immediate sensitivity, or discomfort, you should still have the tooth treated by an experienced dentist like Dr. Scott Timmons.
Without timely treatment and repair the minute textures of the fractured tooth could start to trap sugar residue, plaque, and food particles. These bacterial deposits could gradually start to foster a severe cavity.
With timely attention Dr. Scott Timmons might be able to repair the chipped tooth by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling. In a case where the affected area is large, Dr. Scott Timmons might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
This treatment process starts with Dr. Scott Timmons numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment made from the underlying dentin layer of the tooth.
Dr. Scott Timmons will then prepare a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for the dental lab that creates your dental crown. At the end of the appointment a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When your dental crown is ready a member of Dr. Scott Timmons’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. Once he cements the dental crown onto the abutment, it will fully restore the tooth for many years to come.
If you live in Wyoming, Minnesota, and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 651-462-5150 to seek treatment at Wyoming Family Dental.