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As hard as your teeth are, there are still times when something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth as a tool, can actually chip a tooth. Most chips are limited to the enamel layer of a tooth. While some can be repaired by a basic filling, there are times when Dr. Olga Antipova will recommend restoring a badly chipped tooth with a crown.

A crown essentially is a duplicate of the enamel layer of the tooth, made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material that Dr. Olga Antipova recommends for your crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile.

Dr. Olga Antipova will first need to examine the tooth and take some X-rays to make sure the damage is limited to the tooth enamel. If the pulp or root of the tooth have been compromised, she might need to perform a root canal to replace these structures.

Dr. Olga Antipova will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and create an abutment, that will later serve to anchor the crown in place.

Then she will make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment is covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to a dental lab where your crown will be made.

Dr. Olga Antipova will call you back in for a short second appointment, when your crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and the crown is cemented onto the abutment.

If you have a chipped tooth, you should call Dr. Olga Antipova’s office in San Francisco, California at 415-800-7594 to get a better understanding of your repair and restoration options.