A Chipped Tooth Needs to Be Repaired to Prevent Tooth Decay

Posted October 18, 2016.

If you grind your teeth at night or if you have a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils, it could very easily chip one or more of your teeth. Even if the chip doesn’t give you pain, it could still pose a serious threat to the long-term health of the tooth.

The damaged enamel can eventually come to harbor tooth decay. Since the enamel has already been compromised by the chip, the chances of decay penetrating deep into the critical interior of the tooth is even higher.

If the chip is too significant to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Ghada S. Massabni might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Woburn, Massachusetts.

The process begins with your dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the interior structures of the tooth have been damaged, she might need to perform a root canal before a crown can be installed.

Then, she will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will eventually act as an anchor point for the crown.

At the end of this appointment, she will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, the abutment will be covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to the dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Ghada S. Massabni will call you back into Agape Dentist for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. At this time, she will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Dr. Ghada S. Massabni’s clinic in Woburn, Massachusetts at 781.995.4445 to have the tooth treated and repaired.