June 10, 2016
The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for an hard fall or blow to the face to fracture it. The chances of this happening increase if you regularly grind your teeth at night. In many of these cases Toms River Smiles Dental can completely restore the enamel layer of a fractured tooth with a crown.
In most cases, restoring a tooth with a crown requires two separate procedures.
During the initial procedure your Toms River Smiles Dental dentist will examine the tooth, and take X-rays. This helps to assess the overall health and integrity of the internal structures of the tooth. If the fracture has penetrated the pulp, nerve or infects the root of the tooth, they might need to perform a root canal to remove and restore the affected internal structures.
Your dentist will then form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. This abutment will eventually provide a strong anchor to secure your crown in place. Finally, an impression is made and the abutment will have a hard plastic temporary crown cemented in place over it. The impression will be sent to our dental lab where your permanent crown is made.
Once the lab has completed your crown, Toms River Smiles Dental will call you back in for the second appointment. This procedure is brief, as the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements your permanent crown in place.
If you have a fractured tooth and you’d like to explore your restoration options, you should call Toms River Smiles Dental at 732-244-1163 to schedule an appointment.