The teeth in the front of your mouth can sometimes have a shallow amount of tooth enamel. When one of them suffers a chip from a blow to the face of other dental trauma, a composite filling might not be sufficient to repair the damaged area of tooth enamel.
In a situation like this, Dr. might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a porcelain crown at his Pflugerville, Texas clinic. This is a nearly perfect replica of the tooth enamel layer, cast in a special dental-grade porcelain material. It can be shaded bright white to match the surrounding teeth.
It might be beneficial to have your teeth whitened before the restoration. Then Dr. can shade the final porcelain crown to match perfectly with your cosmetically restored smile.
The crown restoration process starts with Dr. numbing the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove the existing tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post-shaped structure called an abutment. Eventually this will anchor the porcelain crown in your mouth.
A detailed impression will be created of the area before Dr. secures a temporary crown over the abutment. It will then be sent to out dental lab where your porcelain crown is custom made.
One of Dr. ’s staff will call you to schedule a short second appointment when the porcelain crown is ready. It will then be cemented in place using a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in Pflugerville, Texas and you have a chipped front tooth, you should call 512-989-3300 to have it treated and restored at Dr. ’s clinic.