Your tooth enamel is harder than your bones. This is what gives your teeth the ability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. As hard as tooth enamel is, there are certain situations that can apply enough force to make the enamel fracture. This is often the result of a hard fall or blow to the face. However, there are more mundane things, like using your teeth as tools or grinding your teeth at night, that can also fracture tooth enamel.
As long as the interior structures of the tooth are not damaged, your dentist, Dr. Purvesh Malaviya, might recommend that the entire enamel layer of the damaged tooth be restored by a dental crown.
The process of placing a dental crown in Brockton, Massachusetts, begins with Dr. Purvesh Malaviya examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior structures of the tooth are sound and healthy, he can begin the process of forming an abutment.
Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will then use a drill to remove the majority of the tooth enamel, 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 that is known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to the dental lab where your new crown will be created.
Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will call you back into Creative Smiles Dental Care for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. At this time, he will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new permanent crown into place.
A fractured tooth can be a serious cause for concern and should never go ignored. So, if you have a fractured tooth, you should call Dr. Purvesh Malaviya at 508-588-1400 to have it examined and repaired.