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When you suffer a chipped tooth from something like nibbling on a pencil or crunching on ice, the damage might not seem severe. Early on you might not feel any pain or distress in the tooth. However, as time goes on the chipped tooth enamel might start to attract plaque and other bacterial deposits.

This could encourage a cavity to develop inside the already compromised tooth. As this starts to happen you might notice increased discomfort in the tooth as well as a change in texture and color.

The size and location of the chip will influence the method Dr. Fahad Javed recommends for treating the tooth.  

If a chip is small and there is not additional tooth decay, he might be able to repair it with simple dental filling. However, a more significant chip might need to be treated with a dental crown. This dental restoration is designed to fully replace the tooth enamel layer with an artificial material such as gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.  

To do this Dr. Fahad Javed will numb the area and use a drill to remove the remains of the tooth enamel. This will leave behind an abutment containing the dentin, and other sensitive structures of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be created of the area to serve as a guide for the dental technicians responsible for making your dental. At the end of the appointment, Dr. Fahad Javed will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

When your dental crown is ready, you will need to return to Dr. Fahad Javed’s clinic so he can cement it in place with a special dental adhesive.

If you are in Indianapolis, Indiana, and you’ve suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 317-222-4102 to have it treated at Keystone Dental Group.