Tooth enamel can sometimes be fractured by an accidental blow to the mouth, or by grinding your teeth while sleeping. Individuals who struggle to curtail bad oral habits like nibbling on pencils and pens are also placing their teeth at increased risk for suffering a chipped or fractured tooth.
Anytime a tooth is damaged you need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Spyridon Condos as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more likely the area is to collect bacterial deposits which can encourage severe tooth decay.
So long as the damage to the tooth doesn’t traumatize sensitive core or root he might be able to treat the fractured tooth by performing a dental crown restoration. This treatment process will completely replace the tooth’s entire enamel layer with a durable dental material such as porcelain, gold or an alloy of base metals.
After removing the remaining tooth enamel, he will make a detailed impression. The remaining abutment of dentin will serve as an effective anchor for the dental crown.
When it is ready you will need to return for a second appointment to have your new dental crown cemented in place. This will fully restore the physical function of the previously damaged tooth.
If you live in New York, New York, and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 212.799.6900 to have it treated at Condos, Spyridon J DDS.