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If you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects, using your teeth as tools or chewing your fingernails, it could potentially damage your tooth enamel.

If you do suffer a chip that doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity in the tooth, you might be tempted to procrastinate professional treatment at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS. This could prove to be a big mistake in the long run. The minute textures in the damaged tooth enamel could quickly become a trap for stray food particles and bacteria, encouraging a dangerous cavity to form.

Sometimes Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki can repair a chipped tooth with a simple filling. However, a large chip or one that harbors tooth decay might need the entire tooth enamel layer restored by a dental crown. This essentially replaces the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast from a material that will prove to be invulnerable to future tooth decay problems.

Your dentist will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Our team will then make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown is not a fully functional tooth. The hard, plastic cap is only meant to protect the abutment while you await the completion of your crown.

We will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab technician has completed your crown. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your dentist will use a dental-grade adhesive to secure the new crown onto the abutment.

If you live in the Union, New Jersey, area and you have chipped or fractured a tooth, you should call 908-516-2906 to schedule an appointment at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS.