Your tooth enamel is very durable and strong. However, it’s still not uncommon for an oral injury to fracture part of the enamel layer of a tooth. This is even more likely if you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis or if you play contact sports without wearing a quality mouthguard.
If a fractured tooth also provides a sharp pain or dull ache, it probably means the fracture penetrates the interior of the tooth. This might require our Lexington Heights Dental team to perform a root canal before restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Cedar Hills, Utah.
Even if the fracture is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, it’s best to have your dentist, Dr. John Lohner, examine the tooth to determine if it should be restored with a crown.
Your dentist will examine the tooth to assess its overall health to make sure the internal structures are sound.
The dentist will then create an abutment by removing the majority of the tooth’s enamel layer. Later, this abutment will anchor your new crown in place.
An impression is then taken of the abutment and corresponding teeth. This impression will be sent to the professional dental lab that will produce your permanent crown. A hard, plastic, temporary crown is then cemented over the abutment to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.
After the dental lab has finished your new crown, our Lexington Heights Dental team will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. During this visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.
If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, it needs to be restored as soon as possible. You should call Lexington Heights Dental at 801-756-2006 to schedule an appointment.