Dental fractures are often the unfortunate result of an accident or a bad habit, like nibbling on foreign objects or improvising your teeth as tools. When this happens, the damaged tooth enamel could eventually start to trap bacterial residue, encouraging a dangerous area of tooth decay to form in an already compromised tooth.
Sometimes, the dentists at Dr. Gary K. Walden office can repair a small dental fracture by applying a filling in Bowling Green, Kentucky. However, a tooth suffering from a more significant fracture might require replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown. This is a replica of the tooth enamel cast from a special material such as porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The interior of the crown is hollow, so it can be anchored on a pillar-shaped abutment of dentin.
After removing all traces of the tooth enamel layer, your dentist will make an impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up to the permanent crown. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is created. In the interim, your dentist will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
When it’s ready a member of Dr. Gary K. Walden’s staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed before your dentist uses a strong dental adhesive to bond the final crown onto the abutment.
If you live in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area and you have suffered a tooth fracture, you should not delay in calling 270.282.0909 to have it examined and treated by one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Brenda Walden, Dr. Gary Walden, or Dr. Andy Walden. We look forward to helping you create a healthy, happy smile!