Your tooth enamel is designed to be hard and durable enough to handle a lifetime of biting, chewing and grinding. However, there are some things that can fracture a tooth, like grinding your teeth, nibbling on foreign objects or experiencing a blow to the face.
As long as the damage is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Chuck Majors, might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the damaged tooth restored by a dental crown in Bryan, Texas.
Dr. Chuck Majors will start treatment by 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.
Then, he will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, 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 known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.
Dr. Chuck Majors will call you back into MajorSmiles for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. At this time, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.
If you have a fractured tooth, you should contact us at 979-776-6600 to have it repaired as soon as possible.