Even though your tooth enamel is very strong, something like blow to the face or a fall can cause chips, cracks and even significant fractures. Even if the damaged area doesn’t extend into the pulp of the tooth, you should still have the tooth repaired before tooth decay sets in. One of the most common solutions is to have the tooth fitted with a crown.
This involves a two-step process. Your dentist will need to inspect the tooth and take some x-rays, to make sure the pulp and root of the tooth is healthy. If damage extends deep into the tooth, your dentist may need to perform a root canal.
The dentist will then create an abutment to anchor the new crown. This is done by removing the majority of the tooth enamel to create a small sheath of enamel surrounding the pulp of the tooth. Once the abutment formed they will create an impression of the area and your bite pattern. Then they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made.
When your permanent crown is ready your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment. They will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth that needs to be restored, please call us at 802-879-7811 to schedule an appointment.