Teeth are enrobed in a layer of hard tooth enamel to allow you to bite and chew the foods you eat. In some extreme situations, an oral trauma can impart enough force to damage the tooth enamel. While dental fractures can vary in severity, all require timely treatment.
A large chip or a small fracture might be limited to the tooth enamel layer. In some of these cases, Dr. Neeley, Dr. Nemeth, Dr. Hayashi, Dr. Grimm, and Dr. Bradley might be able to repair the tooth with a dental filling.
If the tooth suffers from heightened sensitivity or pain or if the dental fracture is large, he might recommend a dental crown restoration. This is essentially a near-perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth that is made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The interior is hollow to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Our dentists will form the abutment by removing all the tooth enamel. Then, they will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.
Drs. Neeley, Nemeth, Hayashi, Grimm, and Bradley will send the impression to a dental lab where your new crown will be made. Then a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
Our dentists will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have recently suffered a dental fracture and you would like to know more about a dental crown in Austin, Texas, you should call 512-327-6947 to seek treatment at Barton Oaks Dental Group.