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There are times when a blow to the face or other oral accident can chip a tooth. This is even more likely to happen if you participate in contact sports without a quality mouthguard.

Regardless of the cause of the chip, the severity of the chip will influence the treatment strategy your dentist, Dr. Barfield, recommend. If a tooth is badly chipped, they might advocate a dental crown restoration. A dental crown in Little Rock, Arkansas, will replace the tooth enamel layer with an artificial replica. At the same time, it will also prevent a new area of tooth decay from forming in the chipped tooth enamel.

This is basically a complete replica of the external tooth enamel. It is commonly made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to anchor onto an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

Once the tooth enamel has been cleared away, Barfield 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 dental crown.

The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. To protect it while you wait, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to keep it safe. Just keep in mind that the temporary crown will not restore the tooth’s full function to bite or chew hard foods.

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 you have a chipped tooth, you should call 501.228.6360 to explore your treatment and repair options at Jolly Family Dentistry.