As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still some situations that can cause a fracture in one or more teeth. While it could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face, other things like grinding your teeth or nibbling on foreign objects can also lead to large chips or fractures.
If the fracture is too large for your dentist, Dr. Wynatte Chu, to repair it with a filling, she might recommend having the tooth restored by a dental crown in New York, New York. This is essentially a replica tooth made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.
At the first appointment, Dr. Wynatte Chu will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Dr. Wynatte Chu will then make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Wynatte Chu will secure a temporary crown over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that this hard, plastic cap is not a fully functional tooth; its only purpose is to protect the abutment.
Dr. Wynatte Chu will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab technician has completed your crown. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If one of your teeth has suffered a crack in the tooth enamel, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Wynatte Chu, DDS at 347-868-6546 to have it treated and repaired.