Your teeth are covered by a protective tooth enamel layer that helps your teeth to stay durable and hard. However, if you should receive a blow to the face or experience a fall, you may develop a tooth fracture as a result. This can also occur if you have an unconscious habit of grinding your teeth during the night (known as bruxism).
If a fractured tooth goes unrepaired, it could invite tooth decay to harm your smile. If enough of a tooth’s enamel is lost or severely damaged, you will know it. You might notice tooth sensitivity, pain when you bite and chew, or find yourself with a persistent toothache. If the damage can’t be repaired using a dental filling, you might need to have the tooth enamel layer covered with a dental crown.
Your teeth have two parts; the root of the tooth nestled below the gum line and a crown which is the structure of the tooth you see above the gum line, covered in tooth enamel. A replacement crown covers the natural crown and the enamel to repair the tooth’s function and appearance. To repair a fractured tooth, we may need to remove the natural tooth enamel layer and replace it with a custom dental crown and the design of the crown enables it to mimic the original enamel layer so that your tooth looks natural.
If you need to have a dental crown placed, you can expect to have two appointments before you receive your new crown. Materials used for a dental crown may include gold, porcelain and base metal alloys. The interior of the dental crown is left hollow so that it can be placed over a tooth that has been shaped into an abutment that contains the core tooth structure and keeps the crown secure.
Following the removal of the enamel layer, Dr. Jerry Butler can create an impression of the tooth that’s shaped into an abutment, as well as any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. This can help technicians at the dental lab design the final crown. Your crown can then be custom crafted, and while this is in the process, we can provide a temporary crown to protect the treated tooth. The goal is to make sure your new crown will align between the surrounding teeth and the opposing teeth. A follow-up appointment then allows our doctor to place your permanent dental crown by cementing it to your tooth after the temporary is removed, as well as check your bite and make any adjustments necessary to ensure a perfect fit.
We invite you to give our team a call at (828) 264-5858 today for an appointment with our doctor if you would like to learn more about dental crowns in Boone, North Carolina. We look forward to helping you restore your tooth back to its original form, function, and appearance so you can smile with confidence again!