A fractured, cracked, or broken tooth can often be a serious cause for concern. Even if the damage is only limited to the enamel layer of the tooth it can still impede the proper function of your mouth and impair your ability to chew. If the broken tooth is visible in your smile it can often leave you feeling self-conscious.
To effectively repair the broken tooth and restore the full function and appearance of your mouth Dr. Timothy Collier will often recommend having the entire tooth restored with a crown.
The first step in the process of restoring a damaged tooth with a crown, involves Dr. Timothy Collier performing a thorough inspection of the tooth. It’s important to determine the integrity of the internal structures of the tooth. If the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth he might first need to perform a root canal.
Next, he 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. Timothy Collier will then create 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. Timothy Collier 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.
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling Dr. Timothy Collier at 563-927-4746 to schedule an appointment.