Dental Crowns for Fractured Teeth
By J. Brent Gorrell on October 02, 2018
When the teeth become chipped, cracked, or fractured, it can detract from your overall appearance. More importantly, it can compromise the health and function of your smile.
At Gorrell Smiles in Mountain View, CA, our team discusses dental crowns for fractured teeth and explains how this restorative dentistry treatment can improve your oral health and confidence.
What Causes Fractured Teeth?
There are many reasons why a tooth may fracture. Some of the most common include:
- Bruxism: Clenching or grinding the teeth can cause cracks, fractures, or other forms of damage over time.
- A misaligned bite: If you have a misaligned bite, it can lead to uneven pressure across your teeth. Fractures can occur as a result.
- Trauma: Blunt force injury or trauma, such as sports-related accidents or car crashes, can lead to fractured teeth.
- Using teeth as tools: Patients who use their teeth to open packages or tear off clothing tags are at a much higher risk for dental damage.
- Large fillings: Extensive decay or large dental fillings can compromise the structure of the teeth and make them more susceptible to breakage.
The Dangers of Dental Damage
When a tooth chips or cracks, it becomes more vulnerable to breakage. In addition, a tooth is more likely to become infected once the strong outer layer of the tooth is compromised. As a result, root canal therapy may be necessary. Therefore, it is important to address a fractured tooth as soon as possible to prevent further issues from developing.
Dental Crowns for Fractured Teeth
Small chips and cracks may be restored with dental bonding or fillings. However, large fractures often require a dental crown. Because crowns fit over the entire tooth structure, they offer reinforcement and strength for a healthy smile. In addition, a crown helps to reduce the discomfort associated with chewing on a damaged tooth.
The Treatment Process
In general, a dental crown can be placed in two office visits. Before placing a dental crown, the affected tooth must be prepared. This involves removing small amounts of the enamel to make room for the new restoration. Any damaged or decayed portions of the tooth are removed during this phase, as well.
Once the tooth is properly prepared, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. These molds will be used by a technician to fabricate your new crown.
Once your crown is ready, we will schedule you for a second appointment at our office. Dr. Gorrell will try on your new restoration to make sure it fits properly. Once any final adjustments have been made, he will bond the crown securely into place. The result is a natural-looking, beautiful, healthy smile that can last for years to come.
Preventing Fractured Teeth
Although dental damage cannot be avoided altogether, there are ways to minimize the risk. For example:
- Consider wearing a custom night guard if you suffer from bruxism.
- Do not chew on hard objects, such as ice, fingernails, pens, and pencils.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.
- Consider orthodontic treatment if an improper bite is placing too much pressure on the teeth.
- Visit your dentist biannually for dental examinations and cleanings.
Contact Gorrell Smiles Today
To learn more about dental crowns for fractured teeth, schedule an appointment at our practice. Call our office at (650) 399-9657 or contact Gorrell Smiles online.
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