The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to crack the enamel. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a mouth guard.
Fortunately, South Coast Family Dentistry can often restore a cracked tooth by installing a crown. This usually requires two separate appointments.
At the first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth, and take X-rays. This helps to assess the overall health and integrity of the internal structures of the tooth. If the sensitive interior structures of the tooth have been damaged, then we might need to first perform a root canal to restore sufficient structure to anchor a crown.
Then, the dentist will form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. This abutment will eventually provide a strong anchor to secure your crown in place. Finally, an impression is made and the abutment will have a hard plastic temporary crown cemented in place over it. The impression will be sent to our dental lab where your permanent crown is made.
After the lab has completed your crown, South Coast Family Dentistry will call you back in for a brief second appointment. The dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown in place.
If you have a cracked tooth, you need to call South Coast Family Dentistry at 541-269-5353 as soon as possible, to schedule an appointment. We offer extended hours with dental cleanings. So, call us today and let us give you a healthy smile you can love!