When you suffer a chip on one of your teeth, the damaged area of tooth enamel can gradually start to trap minuscule pieces of food material and bacterial residue. Without professional treatment by the dentists at AZ Dental’s San Jose, California clinic, this could cause a new area of tooth decay to form in an already compromised tooth.
If it’s caught early, our dentists might be able to repair the tooth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel and securing an amalgam or composite filling. To effectively treat a tooth that has been more significantly compromised, we might recommend a full crown restoration.
Your dentist will start out by numbing the area before using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment containing the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.
Our technicians will then prepare a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for our dental lab while they create your crown. At the end of the appointment, a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When it’s ready, we will call you back in to have the permanent crown cemented in place. With consistent oral hygiene habits, your new crown should restore the function and appearance of your tooth for many years to come.
If you live in San Jose, California and you have a tooth suffering from a chip or a large cavity, you should call 408-247-5500 to seek treatment with the dentists at AZ Dental’s clinic.