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As hard as your tooth enamel is, it can still be chipped or fractured by a blow to the mouth or by chewing on foreign objects. Other factors in chipping your tooth enamel could include using your teeth to open a container or grinding your teeth while sleeping

Without professional attention from one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Shane Cope and Dr. Melinda Bodine, a chipped tooth could gradually start to collect bacteria. This could cause a severe cavity in the compromised tooth.    

The severity of the damage to tooth’s enamel layer and the location of the affected surface will determine the treatment plan that the dentists present. Minor chips and dental fractures might be repaired with a simple dental filling. However, a more significant dental fracture might require a dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel with an alternative material such as a metal alloy, gold, or dental grade porcelain.

Dental crown restorations typically require two separate appointments. The first is designed to prepare the tooth by removing the enamel layer. An impression will then be made and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be created. At your second appointment, our dentist will cement the dental crown in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Lafayette, Indiana, area and you have recently suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 765.807.0592 to have it examined and treated at Highland Creek Family Dental.