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A bad habit of improvising your teeth as tools, grinding your teeth at night without a dental guard, or a sports-related oral injury can potentially damage the biting surface of a tooth. When this happens, you might need to apply some basic first aid measures while seeking professional treatment from the dentists at Double Take Dental’s Orem, Utah, clinic.

The severity of the damage to the biting surface of the tooth will directly influence the treatment methods your dentist presents you with.

Sometimes a small occlusal fracture can be repaired with a simple composite or amalgam filling. If a large amount of the biting surface has been compromised, your dentist might recommend a special inlay or onlay filling.

If a large area of tooth enamel has been damaged, or if the tooth was previously repaired by a filling, we might recommend a total restoration of the tooth enamel layer with a crown. To do this, your dentist will remove the entire tooth enamel layer, leaving behind an abutment containing the internal tissues of the tooth.

This is typically a two-stage restoration that starts with your dentist removing the tooth enamel and form an abutment. (This will later serve to anchor the crown in your mouth.) Then we will make an impression of the area and send it to a dental lab, where your new crown is made.

At the end of the appointment, we will secure a temporary crown over the abutment. It’s important to remember that this hard-plastic cap is only meant to protect the abutment. It cannot restore the full functionality of the tooth for chewing food.

You will need to return to our clinic once your crown is ready. This will be a brief appointment where the dentist cements the crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and you have recently suffered a serious chip on one of your teeth, you should call 801-225-1002 to have it treated by one of the dentists at Double Take Dental’s clinic.