It’s not unheard of for something like a blow to the face or a hard fall to crack or severely fracture one of your teeth. Sometimes the damage to the tooth is so extensive that it simply cannot be saved, even with a root canal. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Nicole Richardson, will often recommend that the cracked or fractured tooth is completely extracted. Once your gums have completely healed, she can then restore the tooth with a crown.
During the first appointment, our Highland Village Smile Studio team will inspect the tooth to assess the extent of the damage. If the area of decay extends deep down into the internal structures of the tooth, you might need a root canal to restore sufficient structure to mount a crown.
Our Highland Village Smile Studio dentist will then prepare the tooth by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. This tooth will later serve as an anchor for your permanent crown.
Then, Dr. Richardson will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to the dental lab that will make your new crown. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.
We will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment after the dental lab has completed your crown. The temporary crown is then removed and your new permanent crown is cemented into place.
Do you have a cracked or fractured tooth in Highland Village, Texas? If so, you don’t want to delay treatment. Please call Highland Village Smile Studio at (972) 317.1406 and let our team help get your smile back to its confident best!