Dental fractures can be caused in several different ways. They are more likely to occur for people who grind their teeth at night, use their teeth as tools, or who have a bad habit of nibbling on objects. When a chip occurs, you are likely to feel heightened sensitivity in the tooth. This is a salient sign that you need to seek professional care at Mill Creek General Dentistry.
Even if you don’t experience discomfort in the fractured tooth, you should still have the tooth examined and repaired. The longer you delay, the more likely it is that the bacteria in your mouth will start to exploit the damaged enamel, causing a dangerous cavity.
Small dental fractures might be repairable with a filling. Yet most fractures compromise the tooth significantly and require the entire tooth enamel layer to be replaced by a dental crown. 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.
Dr. Kerry Olszewski forms the abutment by removing all the tooth enamel, leaving behind a pillar of healthy dentin. Then, she 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.
Dr. Kerry Olszewski will send the impression to an off-site dental lab where your new crown will be made. Then a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
You will need to come back for a short, second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will then be cemented securely into place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have recently suffered a dental fracture and you live in the Mill Creek, Washington, area, you should call 425-337-5549 to seek treatment from Dr. Kerry Olszewski.