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A Tooth with a Fracture Might Need to Be Repaired by a Crown

Tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance that is meant to be strong enough to bite, chew, and grind the food you enjoy. Unfortunately, there are times when an unnatural activity can impart enough force to cause a fracture in the tooth. Sometimes this damage can be severe. In other cases, the fracture might be insignificant.

Regardless of the severity, your dentist, Dr. Sandor, encourages patients to have a fractured tooth examined and treated. Without timely repair, the damaged tooth enamel could trap plaque and food particles, harboring tooth decay.

Dr. Sandor will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. If the fracture is small enough, he might be able to repair it with a filling. In many cases, the damage to the enamel is significant enough to require a dental crown to repair it.

If this is the case, Dr. Sandor will use a drill to remove the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.

At the end of the first appointment, he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, the abutment will be covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Sandor will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.

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