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Your tooth enamel is meant to be strong enough to bite and chew most foods. However, there are times when a blow to the face, teeth grinding, or nibbling on foreign objects can chip a tooth. Even if the chip doesn’t cause pain, it might still trap food particles and bacteria, causing tooth decay to form. If the chip is too large to be repaired by a filling, your dentist, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence, might recommend a dental crown in Chicago, Illinois.

The process begins with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the interior of the tooth has been damaged, he might need to perform a root canal before a crown can be installed.

Then, he will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will eventually act as an anchor point for the crown.

At the end of this appointment, he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, the abutment will be covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

A member of Dr. Eli J. Lawrence’s staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your crown is ready. During this appointment, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.

If one or more of your teeth have been chipped, you should call 312-236-9895 to schedule an appointment at Eli Lawrence, DDS.