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A chipped tooth might start out looking like something minor. If it doesn’t cause you any initial discomfort, you might even be tempted to forgo professional treatment. Yet as time goes on the compromised area of tooth enamel could start to foster a new cavity, or lead to a more serious dental fracture.

Even a small amount of damage to one of your teeth needs to be examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Bryce E. Justesen. This might call for installing a basic dental filling made from metallic amalgam or composite resin.

If Dr. Bryce E. Justesen is concerned about the tooth’s structural integrity, he might recommend treatment with a dental crown.

The first step of this treatment plan calls for Dr. Bryce E. Justesen to clear away the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a pillar of healthy dentin which is known as an abutment, with the strength to anchor the dental crown.

Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will then form a detailed impression of the abutment and the related teeth in your bite pattern. This information will be delivered to a dental lab where to guide dental technicians in creating your dental crown. If the tooth will be visible in your smile, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen might recommend having the dental crown created from dental grade porcelain.

A member of Dr. Bryce E. Justesen’s team will call you to schedule a second appointment when your dental crown is ready. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will remove the temporary crown before using a strong dental adhesive to cement the dental work in place.

If you live in the Mesa, Arizona, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you shouldn’t delay in calling 480.827.1234 to seek professional treatment at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS.