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Even though your tooth enamel is one of the hardest biological substances, there are still situations when you can suffer a fractured tooth. This is even more likely to happen if you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis or if you have a bad habit of crunching on ice or other foreign objects.

Even if the tooth isn’t painful, you should still have your dentist, Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt, examine the tooth. Without treatment and repair, the fractured enamel can come to harbor a new area of tooth decay. Considering the enamel in the area is already shallow and compromised, this could lead to very serious complications.

To prevent a problem like this, your dentist will often recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

Your dentist will start by forming an abutment out of the core of the tooth by removing the enamel with a drill. This post-like structure will later anchor the crown in your mouth.

Then, your dentist will make a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

We will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment when your crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a fractured tooth, you should call 435-752-1434 to have it repaired at Ridge View Smile Care.