A minor chip on your tooth enamel can sometimes be repaired with a simple amalgam or composite resin filling. Yet larger fractures from a blow to the face, accidental fall, or other forms of oral trauma might compromise a large amount of the tooth enamel.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause distress or heightened sensitivity, you should still strongly consider having it repaired at Chelsea Family Dentistry in Chelsea, Michigan. The longer you delay the more likely it is that the bacteria in your mouth will start to exploit the damaged enamel, causing a dangerous area of tooth decay.
Significant dental fractures often need to be repaired by a dental crown. This piece of dental work is hollow to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Your dentist forms the abutment by removing all the tooth enamel leaving behind a small post of healthy dentin. Your dentist will then make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.
The impression will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your permanent crown will be created. A temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it.
You will need to come back for a short second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your dentist will cement the final crown in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have recently suffered a dental fracture and you live in the Chelsea, Michigan area, please call 734-475-8500 to seek treatment with Dr. Dr. Brian P. Wisniewski. One of our caring dentists, Dr. Todd A. Napieralski, Dr. Brian P. Wisniewski, Dr. Benjamin J. Kang, & Dr. Elizabeth Prast will be happy to help restore your smile!