Posted September 23, 2016
While tooth enamel is very hard, there are still things that can cause chips and fractures. While some fractures are caused by something as obvious as a blow to the face or a hard fall, there can also be other mundane causes. It’s not uncommon for a fracture or large chip to occur on a tooth as a result of grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.
If the fractured enamel isn’t addressed and repaired, it will provide a vulnerable area for tooth decay to form. This often prompts a Smile Center Silicon Valley dentist to recommend repairing the tooth by installing a crown.
For all intents and purposes, a crown is a copy of the enamel layer of your tooth, only it is made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
The process begins with your dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps to determine if the damage has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth. If the fracture extends deep into the tooth your dentist might first need to perform a root canal to replace the decayed internal structures.
As long as the damage is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, the dentist will remove all of the tooth enamel leaving behind an abutment. This little post-like structure made from the core of your tooth, will eventually serve to anchor the crown in place.
A detailed impression is taken of the abutment and any other related teeth. The abutment is covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to our dental lab, where your crown is made.
When your crown is ready will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented onto the abutment.
If you have a fractured or badly chipped tooth, you should not delay to call Smile Center Silicon Valley’s office in Sunnyvale, California at 408-245-7500 to explore your repair and restoration options.