A crack or fracture can severely compromise the enamel of a tooth. If the tooth is not restored in a timely manner it can cause pain, tooth decay or even a dangerous infection in the root of the tooth. To restore severely compromised enamel, your dentist will often recommend the tooth be fitted for a crown.
A crown is made from artificial materials such as gold, base metals and porcelain. The appropriate material for your crown will be affected by its primary function in your mouth and relationship to your smile.
At the initial appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and take a few x-rays to assess the health of the tooth and make sure there is no damage or decay present in the root of the tooth. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been compromised the dentist might need to perform a root canal.
Your dentist will need to create an abutment to mount the crown. This is done by removing the majority of the tooth enamel creating a small post of enamel around the pulp and root of the tooth. Once this is done your dentist will create an impression of the area. This is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. They will then cement a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment. They will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth with severely damaged enamel or concerns that you might need a crown, please feel free to call us at 402-423-1100 to schedule an appointment.