The tooth enamel layer on the exterior of each tooth serves two distinct functions. While it gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food, it also protects the internal structures of the tooth. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, use your teeth as tools, or participate in rigorous athletics without wearing a mouthguard, you are at increased risk for suffering a tooth fracture.
Here at our office, your dentist can sometimes repair small fractures with a filling. More significant fractures will likely need a full dental crown restoration.
For all intents and purposes, a dental crown is a replica of the tooth enamel that is cast from a special material such as porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The interior of the crown is hollow so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Once the enamel layer of the tooth has been cleared away, Drs. Friedrichs and Abraham will make an impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.
The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. Then, your dentists will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
When the dental lab technician completes their work, a member of our staff will call you to a brief second appointment. We will remove the temporary crown before using a strong dental adhesive to cement the new crown onto the abutment.
If you have suffered a tooth fracture, you should not delay in calling 281-205-4717 to have it examined and treated with a dental crown in Tomball, Texas.