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Things like grinding your teeth, chewing on pens and pencils, and using your teeth as tools can potentially chip a tooth. While the severity of the damage to a tooth can vary, you should never put off having a chipped tooth treated by a dentist.

As time goes on, a badly chipped tooth could fracture severely or a new cavity could form in the already compromised tooth enamel. The size and location of the chip will influence the treatment method Dr. Gary H Morikawa recommends.

A small chip might be easily repaired by a simple 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.

After a thorough examination, Dr. Gary H Morikawa 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 made of the area to serve as a guide for the dental technicians responsible for making your dental crown. At the end of the appointment, Dr. Gary H Morikawa will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

When your dental crown is ready, you will need to return to our office. Then our dentist will cement it in place with a special dental adhesive.

If you are in Honolulu, Hawaii, and you’ve suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 808-949-8866 to have it treated.