A tooth can be fractured by something as traumatic as an accidental blow to the face or something as simple as grinding your teeth at night without the protection of a night guard. When this happens, the damaged tooth can cause pain and heightened sensitivity. Even if there is no discomfort, the fractured enamel could trap plaque and stray food particles, encouraging tooth decay to form.
If the fracture is small, Drs. Calder, Faltine, and Pettey may be able to repair it with a simple dental filling. Larger fractures might need to be repaired by a dental crown.
Your dentists will numb the area and use a drill to remove all the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment that contains the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.
Your dentists will then form a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab technician who will make your new crown. At the end of the appointment, a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
Once the lab technician has completed your crown, we will call you back in to have the temporary crown removed and the new crown cemented into place.
If you’ve suffered a tooth fracture and you’re interested in knowing more about a dental crown in Spring, Texas, you should call 281.376.4533 to seek treatment at Comfort Dental Excellence.