Fractures, cracks, and chips can happen to the enamel of one of your teeth. They can happen from a fall or even a blow to the face. Even if there might not be any immediate tooth decay, you will still need to get the tooth repaired before a problem develops. In a situation like this your dentist might recommend having the tooth repaired with a crown, to improve the cosmetic appeal and restore the tooth’s full function.
A dental crown is like a cap. It covers and protects the existing tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns are made with an artificial material. Most crowns are made from gold alloys, or porcelain. However, your dentist will recommend the best material for your crown based on its primary function in your mouth and its relationship to your smile.
Restoring a tooth with a crown often requires two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and take some x-rays to determine if there are any problems with the dentin or root of the tooth. If the damage has compromised the dentin layer or root of the tooth, then your dentist might recommend other treatments before they can mount a crown.
If all is well to proceed, your dentist will then prepare your tooth for the crown. When your tooth is ready, an impression of the area is made, which is sent to a dental lab that makes your permanent crown. Your dentist will then cement a temporary crown over the area to protect it while your permanent crown is being made.
At the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place restoring your smile.
If you have a tooth that is fractured or cracked that needs to be restored, please feel free to call us at 719-591-0750 to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to assist you in any way we can.