If you have a bad habit of crunching down on ice, chewing your medications or nibbling on desktop items, you could be putting your teeth at increased risk of suffering a significant chip or dental fracture. In a moment like this, you could experience significant pain, discomfort, and sensitivity.
Even if you’re not experiencing any immediate distress, you should still have the tooth examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Mark R. Sheils. Without professional attention the minute textures in the fractured tooth enamel could accumulate sugar residue, plaque, and food particles, promoting a new cavity.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised or the tooth is at heightened risk of suffering a secondary dental fracture Dr. Sheils might recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer.
To do this he will numb the tooth before carefully removing the remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment made from the underlying dentin layer of the tooth.
A careful impression will then be prepared of the area to serve as a guide for the dental lab technicians who will create your dental crown. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When your dental crown is ready a member of our Timber Creek Dental staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. It will then be installed onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you are in Fargo, North Dakota, and you have just suffered a significant dental fracture, you should call 701-232-6683 to seek treatment at Timber Creek Dental.