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A chip on one or more of your teeth can be a serious cause for concern. Chips can come from any variety of sources, from something as traumatic as a blow to the face, or something as mundane as nibbling on a pencil.

Regardless of the source, a chipped tooth should not be taken lightly. The damaged enamel can eventually come to harbor tooth decay. Since the enamel has already been compromised by the chip, the chances of decay penetrating deep into the critical interior of the tooth, is even higher.

If the chip is too significant to be repaired by a filling Dr. Edward B. Miller might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a crown.

The process begins with Dr. Edward B. Miller examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the interior of the tooth has been damaged, he might need to perform a root canal before a crown can be installed.

Dr. Edward B. Miller will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later serve to anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.

At the end of the first appointment he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then the abutment is covered by a hard plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression is sent off to a dental lab that will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Edward B. Miller will call you back in for a short second appointment, when your crown is completed. At this time, he will remove the temporary crown, and cement your new permanent crown in place over the abutment.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Dr. Edward B. Miller’s clinic in Duncanville, Texas at 972-298-6131 to have the tooth repaired or restored.