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Individuals with bad oral habits like nibbling on desktop items or crunching on ice are often at increased risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth. At the same time people who grind their teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard are also at increased risk of fracturing the biting surface of a tooth.

When a tooth is damaged the discomfort and sensitivity can range in severity. Even if you aren’t experiencing any immediate distress in the damaged tooth, you should still have it examined by one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Dan Holmes or Dr. Nicole Holmes. The longer you delay the more likely the tooth is to suffer from an unnecessary cavity or a severe dental fracture.

If the tooth’s biting surface has been compromised our dentist might need to perform a dental crown restoration. This treatment plan involves carefully removing the tooth’s existing enamel layer to create an abutment.

The specific material used for the dental crown can vary depending on the tooth’s location in your mouth. If the dental crown will appear when you smile our dentist might use a special porcelain material that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

When it’s ready our dentist will cement your dental crown onto the abutment to complete the dental restoration process.

If you live in the Fort Collins, Colorado, area and you have a chipped or fractured a tooth, please call 970-221-2499 to have it examined and treated at Holmes Dental.