The enamel layer of each of your teeth is made from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. These microscopic structures make your tooth enamel very strong. There are still rare occasions when hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. Even if the fracture is only limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, you should still have Meadowdale Dental Clinic look at it to help you best explore your restoration options. In many cases we will recommend restoring the tooth with a crown.
A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer of the tooth with an artificial material like as gold, base metals, or porcelain. Restoring a tooth with a crown usually involves two separate appointments.
During the initial appointment your Meadowdale Dental Clinic dentist will examine the tooth, to assess its overall health and extent of any existing decay. If damage or decay extends beyond the enamel layer, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to provide enough healthy structure to anchor a crown.
The dentist will then create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. Later on this abutment, will anchor your new crown.
Your dentist will then form an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab, where your new crown is made. They will then cement a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it while you wait for the dental lab to complete your permanent crown.
When your crown is completed Meadowdale Dental Clinic will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.
If have a fractured, damaged or otherwise painful tooth, you need to call Meadowdale Dental Clinic as soon as possible at (425) 361-0842 to schedule an appointment.