Dental crowns are designed to replace the tooth enamel layer of an affected tooth. They are crafted from very durable materials such as gold, metallic alloy or dental-grade porcelain. While it’s very rare, there are times when a severe oral trauma or other dental accident can fracture a crown.
If the abutment inside was damaged, a root canal might be able to restore the missing structure. If the damage is severe, or if the structure of the dental socket was also traumatized, Dr. James C. Ma might recommend a total dental extraction.
Once your gums have healed, he can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth. If you’re not comfortable with the time and oral surgery required to restore the tooth with a dental implant, he might recommend a standard dental bridge restoration.
It typically takes two appointments to completely install a bridge into the void. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
Then, he will remove the tooth enamel from each of the closest neighboring teeth. This will create a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.
A detailed impression will be made of the void and the two abutments to guide our dental lab technician while creating the bridge. Then your dentist will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.
When completed, we will call you back into our office to cement your new bridge into place. With proper care and good oral hygiene, the bridge will fully replace the old tooth’s presence and function in your mouth.
If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you have suffered a damaged dental crown, you should call 661-324-9709 to seek professional treatment at James C. Ma.