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A small fracture or chip in a tooth can be caused by any number of things. Sometimes the damage to the tooth seems minimal and is ignored and not treated. This could pose a very serious long-term threat to the health of the tooth.

If bacterial deposits build up inside the fracture, a large cavity could develop. This might require treatment with a dental crown or root canal.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a simple dental filling made from amalgam or composite resin. This will require removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel before filling the space with the filling material.

If a enough of tooth’s surface is damaged, Dr. John Krupka might recommend repairing the badly chipped tooth with a dental crown. This involves Dr. Krupka removing the entire layer of enamel to form an abutment from the healthy dentin and other internal structures of the tooth. The abutment will anchor a dental crown made from a material such as gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

The crown will need to be prepared at a dental lab. When it’s ready you will need to return to Dr. Krupka’s office to have it cemented in place. Once this is done you can expect the newly restored tooth to last for many years.

If you live in the Kaukauna, Wisconsin, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 920-766-1122 to have it repaired at Krupka Dental Associates.