A dental fracture can vary in severity. Sometimes a dental fracture might be limited to the tooth enamel layer and it causes little to no sensitivity. Yet, you shouldn’t let this lure you into forgoing treatment at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA. As time goes on, the damaged tooth enamel could harbor bacterial matter and a new cavity.
In a situation like this, Dr. Sarah Frye might be able to repair the tooth with a standard dental filling. However, if a significant amount of tooth enamel was damaged or lost, she might recommend a total dental crown restoration.
The process starts with Dr. Sarah Frye using a drill to remove the tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that houses the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then a temporary crown made of hard plastic will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
One of our Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA staff members will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as all Dr. Sarah Frye needs to do is remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown onto the healthy abutment.
If you live in the Lexington, North Carolina, area and you’ve suffered a dental fracture, you should call 336.248.5057 to have it treated and repaired at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA.