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Even though your teeth are very hard, there are still times when they can suffer a chip. This might come from a blow to the face or something as mundane as nibbling on pencils and pens. Most chips are relatively shallow, but the chipped enamel will be highly prone to tooth decay.

If a chip is small enough, your dentist, Dr. Laura Miller, can repair it with a standard filling. However, if the chip is significant, or if it’s a bad location on the tooth, then it might need to be restored by a dental crown.

A dental crown in Middletown, Connecticut, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow so it can be anchored on an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

Once all the tooth enamel has been removed, Dr. Laura Miller will make a detailed impression of the abutment and the neighboring teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.

The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. In the interim, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

You will be called back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place during this appointment.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Laura Miller DDS at 860-346-6872 to seek timely repair.