When a tooth chips, it can greatly impact the overall look of your smile in a negative way. When you feel that your smile is not as attractive as it could be, you may feel less confident and that could serve as a detriment in many areas of your life. If you have a chipped tooth, you should go to a dentist right away because repairing it often is not very difficult. The guide below walks you through what you can expect when you go to have a chipped tooth repaired at your dentist.
An Evaluation of the Tooth Will Be Done
The first thing that the dentist will do is he or she will look closely at the tooth. They may have an x-ray done to make sure that the root of your tooth is not exposed. If it is, you will more than likely feel extreme sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods. The dentist will need to repair the tooth with dental filling before moving forward to make sure that the root is not exposed.
An Impression of the Tooth Will Be Made
Next, the dentist will make a dental impression of the tooth with a putty. The putty will wrap around your teeth so that the dentist can make an exact imprint of the area that is damaged. This will be used when he or she makes your crown to place over the damaged tooth so that it will fit perfectly over the tooth in the end.
Create the Dental Crown
For many years, dental crowns were made in a dental lab and sent back to the dental office after a few weeks. This meant that dental patients had to walk around feeling uncomfortable with their smile for weeks at a time. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry have taken place and dentists can now purchase machines that allow them to make dental crowns directly in their office. The crowns can be made within just a few minutes using the mold that the dentist made of your tooth.
Attach the Crown
After the crown has hardened, the dentist fills the inside of it with dental adhesive and slip it over your tooth. The crown will act as a cap that sits directly onto your tooth to create the perfect smile that you want. The dentist will have dyed the crown to the exact same shade as the color of your teeth so that it will be undetectable to the naked eye.
Getting a dental crown can now be done in one day. This allows you to restore your smile quickly and easily, without having to miss a ton of work in the process.