A chip on one or more of your teeth can be a serious cause for concern. The damaged enamel can eventually harbor tooth decay. Since the enamel has already been compromised, any decay that forms can quickly penetrate the sensitive dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. This could lead to very serious complications that call for invasive treatment methods.
A minor chip in a tooth can sometimes be repaired by a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If a filling is called for, it will likely be made from either porcelain, composite resin, gold or amalgam. The ideal material used will be influenced by the chip’s location on the tooth, its size and the tooth’s prevalence in your smile.
If the chip is too significant to be repaired by a filling, Dr. Michael McBride might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown. This is a two-step process and it begins with all of the tooth enamel being removed. Then, an impression will be cast of the internal core of the tooth. A temporary crown will be secured over the top to protect the tooth while the dental lab technician works to create your crown.
When the new crown is ready, we will call you back into McBride Dental for a second appointment to have it cemented into place.
You should never take a chipped tooth in San Marcos, California, lightly. It’s wise to call McBride Dental at 760-471-1003 to explore your treatment and repair options as soon as possible.