Tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance intended to give your teeth the strength to bite and chew food. It also serves the dual purpose of protecting the sensitive dentin, pulp, and root in the core of the tooth. If you suffer a dental accident that carries enough force to fracture the tooth enamel, it could pose immediate consequences while inviting future complications.
The damaged tooth enamel could eventually start to trap food residue and bacterial plaque, encouraging a dangerous cavity to form in an already compromised tooth.
Drs. Bartok, Mahfood, Plantz, Heifer can sometimes repair small fractures with a dental filling. A tooth suffering from a more significant fracture might require replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
This is replica of the tooth enamel is cast from a special material such as porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The interior of the crown is hollow so it can be anchored on a pillar-shaped abutment of dentin.
After the enamel layer of the tooth has been cleared away, our dentists will make an impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.
The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be created. In the interim, our dentists will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
When the dental lab technician completes their work, a member of our Complete Dental Care staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed before our dentists will use a strong dental adhesive to bond the final crown onto the abutment.
If you live in the Steubenville, Ohio, area and you have suffered a tooth fracture, you should not delay in calling 740-264-6811 to have it examined and treated at Complete Dental Care.