Damage to one or more of your teeth can seriously compromised the function of your mouth and your ability to chew food. Fractures are most commonly caused by accidental blows to the face. However, you are even more likely to suffer a fractured tooth if you grind your teeth at night, nibble on objects like pens and pencils, or participate in contact sports without the benefit of a mouth guard.
If the fracture is significant, Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave might not be able to repair it with a filling. In a case like this she will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.
The first step in the process of restoring a tooth with a crown, involves Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave performing a thorough inspection of the tooth. It’s important to determine the integrity of the internal structures of the tooth.
Then she will form an abutment, by using a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a small sheath protecting the internal structures of the tooth. In time your permanent crown will be cemented over the abutment to hold it in place.
Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave will then form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth, including your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for crafting your new crown. Finally, a temporary crown is secured in place to protect the abutment while you wait.
Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown is cemented in place. With proper care and cleaning the restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.
If you have a fractured or damaged tooth, you should call Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave at 303-935-3574 to explore your restoration options.