Your tooth enamel is a very hard biological substance that is made up of a dense matrix of mineral crystals. This gives it the strength to handle most basic oral functions, such as chewing food. Yet there are some things that can cause a bad chip or large fracture in a tooth. This is more likely to befall you if you grind your teeth at night without the protection of a dental guard, or if you have a bad habit of using your teeth as tools.
Sometimes a large chip or a small dental fracture can be repaired by Drs. Hargas, Krupp, and Adams with a basic dental filling.
A large fracture on a tooth often requires restoration with a dental crown. This is a two-stage treatment that starts with our dentists removing all the tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a post-like structure of dentin that will later anchor the crown in your mouth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new crown will be created. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.
You will need to return to Oceanview Dental for a brief second appointment when your crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place. With proper care and cleaning, the crown will restore your fractured tooth for many years to come.
If you have recently fractured a tooth and you live in the Oceanside, California, area, you should call 760.433.0393 to seek treatment at Oceanview Dental.