If you grind your teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard, your teeth are at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture. These chances are significantly increased by bad habits like nibbling on objects or using your teeth as tools.
Even if a dental fracture doesn’t cause heightened sensitivity in the tooth, you should still strongly consider having it examined and repaired at Complete Dental Care.
As time goes by, the damaged tooth enamel could come to trap minute pieces of food matter and plaque. This could eventually foster a new cavity in a tooth that has already suffered significant damage.
Sometimes Drs. Doyle and Monaco can repair a chip or minor dental fracture by applying an amalgam or composite resin filling. A large dental fracture or a small fracture on a critical location of the tooth might call for a dental crown restoration. This will essentially replicate the entire tooth enamel layer in an alternate material.
The restoration process starts with your dentists using a drill to remove the entirety of the tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small abutment of dentin that houses the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will be cast of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. A temporary crown will then be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
A member of our staff will call you for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, your dentists will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.
If you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture and you’re in the Whitaker, Pennsylvania, area, you should not delay in calling 412-567-0927 to have it examined and repaired at Complete Dental Care.