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Participating in contact sports always comes with an increased risk of injury. This is why most require special protective padding and mouth guards during practice and games. Yet some people find retail-grade mouth guards to be uncomfortable, leading them to forgo their use during the necessary times.

When this happens, the chances of suffering a dental fracture from a blow to the face go up significantly. The damage to the tooth enamel can vary in severity. Some are minor chips on an inconsequential area of the tooth and can be repaired by a filling applied at Dr. Jerry Butler’s Boone, North Carolina clinic.

A more significant fracture that compromises an essential surface on a tooth might require Dr. Jerry Butler to perform a total crown restoration. This is a mode of treatment is designed to fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an artificial material like gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

After a thorough examination, Dr. Jerry Butler will numb the area and use a drill to remove all the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment containing the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. At the end of the appointment, Dr. Jerry Butler will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

Once the lab has completed your crown, you will need to come back in to have it cemented in place. Once Dr. Jerry Butler secures it with a special dental adhesive, the newly restored crown will repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you live in Boone, North Carolina and you’ve suffered a tooth fracture, you should call (828) 264-5858 to seek treatment at Dr. Jerry Butler’s dental clinic.