Your tooth enamel is very durable and strong. However, it’s still not unheard of for an accident a hard fall or a blow to crack the enamel layer of one or more teeth. If a cracked tooth includes a sharp pain or dull ache, it probably means the crack extends into the interior of the tooth.
Even if the crack is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth you should still have MacArthur Family Dental examine the tooth to address the problem before something more serious develops.
In some cases, a cracked tooth can be repaired with a simply filling. Otherwise the entire enamel layer will probably need to be restored by a crown. If the crack extends into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth MacArthur Family Dental might need to perform a root canal before restoring the tooth with a crown.
Restoring a cracked tooth with a crown usually involves two separate appointments.
The first appointment involves MacArthur Family Dental examining the tooth, to assess the extent of the damage. Then they will then form an abutment that will later anchor the crown in place. This is done by removing the majority of the tooth enamel leaving behind a small sheath that protects the internal structures of the tooth.
Finally, your dentist will then make an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your new crown is made. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment to keep it safe, until the lab has completed your crown.
When the crown is completed MacArthur Family Dental will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.
If have a cracked, damaged or otherwise painful tooth, you need to call MacArthur Family Dental at 714-557-0882 to schedule an appointment to restore the tooth before the problem can develop into something worse!