Some people unconsciously grind their teeth in response to stress. Over a long timeline, this condition, which is known as bruxism, can cause chips and fractures in the tooth enamel. While this can happen to any tooth in your mouth, it is even more likely to occur to the premolars and molars in the back of your mouth.
A large fracture or damaged enamel in a critical area of the tooth might require a dental crown restoration at Paul Hanna, DMD PC.
This restoration treatment starts with Dr. Paul Hanna numbing the area before removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment that contains the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab technician who will create your new crown. A temporary crown, which is made from hard plastic, will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When it’s ready, Dr. Paul Hanna will call you back in to install the crown. This involves removing the temporary crown and cementing the new crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
Going forward, you might want to consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth to protect your remaining teeth from potential harm.
If you live in the New London, Connecticut, area and you’ve recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 860-442-3323 to have it treated and repaired at Paul Hanna, DMD PC.