Tooth enamel is meant to be strong enough to handle biting and chewing common foods. If something like a blow to the face or a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects causes a fracture on a tooth, it could lead to several issues. You could experience heightened sensitivity or a new area of tooth decay could form. Since most fractures are too large to be repaired by a filling, your dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Hampton, Virginia, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to 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, your dentist 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 dentist will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
When your new crown is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth, you should call (757) 827-9114 to seek treatment at our office.