There are several things that can cause a large chip or dental fracture on one of your teeth. This could come from grinding your teeth at night or improvising your teeth as a tool to open a container. At the same time, a small cavity that goes untreated could compromise the integrity of the surrounding tooth enamel, making it fracture when chewing something hard.
In the case of a minor fracture, Dr. James R. Healy might be able to repair the tooth with a dental filling. If a significant amount of tooth enamel was damaged, this might not be a viable option. In a situation like this, he might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
Dr. James R. Healy will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that houses the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will then be made of the area. This will be sent to a lab where dental specialists will create your final crown.
One of Dr. James R. Healy’s staff members will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your final crown is ready. Once Dr. James R. Healy cements the crown in place, it should last you for many years.
If you live in the Ogden, Utah, area and you’ve suffered a dental fracture, you should call 801-394-0808 to have it treated and repaired at Healy Dental Care.