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Crunching on ice, biting your nails, using your teeth as tools, and grinding your teeth at night can potentially cause chips in tooth enamel. When this happens, the damaged area can gradually start to trap plaque and residual food material. This could bolster the natural bacteria living in your mouth to cause a new cavity.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Jessica Bertoglio advocates having a chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible.

Minor chips can sometimes be repaired by a filling or cosmetic bonding. However, if a chip is large, in a critical location, or near an older filling, she might recommend a total restoration of the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

Your dentist will start the restoration process by using a drill to remove the entire enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then cast a detailed impression of the area. This will be used to design and construct your dental crown. Once your crown is complete, it will be cemented atop the abutment.

If you have a tooth that’s suffered a chip or fracture and you’re interested in knowing more about dental crowns in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, you should call 847-893-9099 to talk to our team at The Toothery.