Accidents, hard falls or a blow to the face during contact sports can sometimes contain enough force to fracture one or more of your teeth. Even if the fracture is small and doesn’t damage the pulp or root of a tooth, it will still need to be repaired to prevent future tooth decay issues.
One of the most common methods Dr. Feldman recommends for repairing a fractured tooth is to have the enamel layer replaced with a crown.
Dr. Feldman begins by examining the tooth, and take a few X-rays. This helps to make sure that the pulp and root of the tooth are still healthy and have the structural integrity to anchor a crown. If the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal.
Dr. Feldman will then form an abutment, to later anchor your crown, by removing the majority of the tooth enamel.
Then he will take an impression of the abutment, as well as the surrounding teeth. Then a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to keep it safe.
The impression will be sent to a professional dental lab, where a team of skilled technician will custom craft a crown to restore your tooth.
Dr. Feldman will call you back in for another appointment when you crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.
If you have recently suffered a fracture on one or more of your teeth, you should call Dr. Feldman at 202-362-8412 to schedule an appointment.