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While it might seem mundane, something as simple as grinding your teeth at night or nibbling on pens and pencils can chip a tooth. Even if the chip doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity, it could still pose a serious threat to the long-term health of the tooth.

The chipped enamel has the potential to trap bacteria and food particles, promoting tooth decay. The compromised enamel increases the chances of bacteria attacking the critical interior of the tooth. If the chip is too large to be repaired by a filling, your dentist, Dr. Mohamed Waheed, might recommend repairing the tooth with a dental crown in Addison, Illinois.

This basically involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer to form an abutment from the healthy dentin and other internal structures of the tooth. This post-shaped structure will eventually anchor a crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.

The material that Dr. Mohamed Waheed recommends for the crown will vary depending on its primary function in your mouth and visibility in your smile. Porcelain crowns are primarily called upon to restore a tooth in your smile. Gold and base metal crowns are more durable, making them a good choice for molars and premolars.

If you have recently chipped a tooth, you should call (630) 592.8116 to have it treated and repaired at Elite Dentistry PC.