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Chipped teeth can sometimes be at increased risk of collecting bacterial deposits from lingering food particles, residual sugars, and the accumulation of plaque buildup. In many of these situations, the textures and contours of the damaged tooth enamel can prove difficult to remove in your twice daily attempts at brushing your teeth.

This could eventually cause a severe cavity to develop in the already compromised tooth. The wisest course of action is to have a dentist like Dr. Milan Sata examine the tooth to determine the most applicable treatment method.

The size and location of the chip will influence the treatment Dr. Sata] recommends for treating the tooth. If the compromised area is too large to viably repair it with a dental filling he might recommend replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown. This mode of treatment is designed to fully replace the tooth enamel layer with an artificial material such as gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

Dr. Sata will need to numb the tooth and surrounding gums before removing the remnants of tooth enamel. This will leave behind an abutment containing the dentin, and other sensitive structures of the tooth. After your dental crown has been created in a dental lab, he will cement it in place with a special dental adhesive.

If you are in Flint, Michigan, and you’ve suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 810-694-0200 to have it examined by the dental care specialists at Milan Sata DDS.