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A chipped tooth might not cause any immediate distress. However, if you choose to forgo professional treatment, a new cavity could start to develop in the already compromised tooth. If it’s caught early, our dental professionals might be able to repair the distressed tooth by applying a composite dental filling. If the newly formed area of tooth decay is large, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a dental filling. In a case like this, our team might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

The first phase of the treatment calls for your dentist to numb the tooth and use a dental drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment made from the underlying dentin layer of the tooth. Your dentist will then create 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. You will need to return to our Newport News, VA, or Hampton Roads, VA, clinics for a second appointment to have your new dental 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 Newport News, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, and you have a distressed tooth, you should call 757-243-1755 to seek treatment at Morrison Dental Group today.