Even though your teeth are hard, there are still times when a blow to the face or other oral accident can cause a large crack in your tooth enamel. This is even more likely to happen if you engage in high-risk activities like playing contact sports without a mouth guard. Even if a crack doesn’t cause pain, the compromised enamel can eventually harbor a new cavity.
A small crack can sometimes be repaired with a dental filling. However, most cracks require the entire tooth enamel to be replaced with a dental crown in Kenai, Alaska.
The process of placing a crown starts by having your Kenai Dental Clinic dentist, Dr. Glen Lockwood, remove all the tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area and it will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technicians who custom craft your new crown.
At the end of the appointment, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.
If you have a cracked tooth, you should not delay in calling Kenai Dental Clinic at 907-283-4875 to see if you are a good candidate for a crown.