Your natural tooth enamel is made from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals, that makes the enamel layer of your teeth very strong. Unfortunately, sometimes a hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. Even if the fracture is only limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, you will still probably need to have it repaired, before it develops problems with tooth decay or bite alignment.
A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer of the tooth with an artificial material like as gold, base metals or porcelain. Restoring a tooth with a crown usually involves two separate appointments.
The first appointment, involves Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand examining the tooth, to assess the overall health of the tooth and the extent of the damage. If the fracture has damaged the interior structure of the tooth, or injured the root he might need to perform a root canal, to provide enough healthy structure to mount a crown.
Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand will then create an abutment to anchor the crown by removing the majority of the tooth’s enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the dentin and pulp layers of the tooth.
Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown is made. Then he will cement a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it while you wait for your new crown to be done.
When your crown is ready Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.
If have a fractured, damaged or otherwise painful tooth, you should call Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand as soon as possible at 214-691-5621 to schedule an appointment.