The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a fall or blow to the face to chip the enamel on one of the teeth in your smile. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pencils or pens.
Fortunately, Dr. Gilbert Fernandez can often restore a badly chipped tooth by installing a porcelain crown. A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer with an artificial material which will not be vulnerable to tooth decay. Porcelain can be shaded to match the enamel of your surrounding natural teeth.
Dr. Gilbert Fernandez starts by examining the tooth to assess the severity of the chip and the health of the interior structures of the tooth. If the crack penetrates deeper than the enamel layer, he might need to perform a root canal.
Using state-of-the-art CEREC technology, your custom crown can be fabricated and installed on the same day, right in our office. It utilizes digital scans of your teeth, so we don’t even need to make any messy impressions. Same-day crowns are revolutionizing restorative dentistry.
If you have a badly chipped tooth and you would like to explore your repair and restoration options, you should call Dr. Gilbert Fernandez at 505.898.8063 to set up an appointment.