Your teeth are made up of multiple layers. Each one serves its own purpose for the strength and function of the tooth. When a shallow fracture or crack occurs in the tooth enamel layer, it can come dangerously close to the sensitive dentin layer beneath. This can result in heightened sensitivity and it can make the tooth prone to dangerous tooth decay.
To effectively treat a problem of this magnitude, your dentist, Dr. John Freemon, might recommend a dental crown restoration to replace the tooth enamel layer. This will replicate the tooth enamel in a material such as porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy.
Even if the crack is shallow and it doesn’t cause sensitivity problems, you will still need to have it treated and repaired to prevent future tooth decay from developing in the area. A small crack can sometimes be repaired with a filling. However, most cracks require the entire tooth enamel layer to be replaced with a dental crown.
Your dentist will start by using a drill to remove the entire enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then create detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians create your new crown. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.
If you have a cracked or fractured tooth and you’re interested in a dental crown in Woodstock, Georgia, you should not delay in calling 770-928-0871 to have it treated and restored at our office.