Most cracked teeth come from accidents and situations related to taking a strong blow to the face. When enough force is imparted to a tooth the enamel layer can actually crack. In many of these cases the crack can even extend deep into the tooth. Even if the crack is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, it’s still a good idea to have Dr. Matthew Hernandez look at it, to address the damage before tooth decay sets in.
Oftentimes, Dr. Matthew Hernandez will recommend having the entire enamel layer of the cracked tooth restored by a basic crown. Most crowns are made from either gold alloys, base metals or porcelain. The material he recommends will be based on the tooth’s function and appearance in your smile.
The first step in the process of restoring a cracked tooth with a crown, involves Dr. Matthew Hernandez performing a thorough inspection of the tooth. It’s important to determine the integrity of the internal structures of the tooth.
Then he will form an abutment, by using a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a small sheath protecting the internal structures of the tooth. In time your permanent crown will be cemented over the abutment to hold it in place.
Dr. Matthew Hernandez will then form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth, including your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for crafting your new crown. Finally, a temporary crown is secured in place to protect the abutment while you wait.
Dr. Matthew Hernandez will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown is cemented in place.
If you have recently suffered a cracked tooth, you need to call Dr. Matthew Hernandez at 425-672-8494 to schedule an appointment, as soon as possible.