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A chipped tooth might prove to be a more serious problem than it appears at first glance. As time goes on, the damaged tooth enamel could passively trap microscopic food residue and plaque. This is even more likely to be an issue if you procrastinate your routine dental checkup at Rick Jackomis, DDS.

A tooth suffering from a small chip might be viably treated with a simple filling. Unfortunately, a tooth with a large chip or damaged tooth enamel in a critical location might need a full dental crown restoration.

This basically involves Dr. Rick Jackomis removing the entire tooth enamel layer to form an abutment from the healthy dentin and other internal structures of the tooth. This post-shaped structure will eventually anchor a crown made from a material like gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

The material your dentist recommends for the crown will vary depending on its primary function in your mouth and its prevalence in your smile. Porcelain crowns are primarily called upon to restore a tooth in your smile. Crowns made from gold or base metal alloys are more durable, making them a good choice for molars.

If you live in the Sterling, Virginia, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 703-444-9244 to have it repaired at Rick Jackomis, DDS.