Dental fractures in tooth enamel can occur from several different sources. While some might result from something as traumatic as a blow to the face, it is possible to suffer a fracture from more mundane sources. This could be something as simple as chomping on ice, nibbling on foreign objects, or using your teeth as tools.
Even if a dental fracture doesn’t result in heightened sensitivity, you should still consider having it repaired. The damaged tooth enamel could trap minute pieces of food matter and plaque. In time, this could foster a new area of tooth decay to develop.
Drs. Fujii and Lee will use a drill to remove the entirety of the tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that houses the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will be cast of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. A temporary crown will then be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
Drs. Fujii and Lee will call you for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, our dentists will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place
If you have a tooth suffering from a recent fracture, you should not delay in calling (503) 221-8123 to have it treated at Portland Dental with a dental crown in Portland, Oregon.