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Your tooth enamel is very strong, which allows you to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. However, your teeth have evolved to be used for eating. Some activities like chewing on pens and pencils or using your teeth as tools can exceed the natural strength of your teeth and cause a fracture.

A fractured tooth can compromise your ability to chew food. If the fracture is on a tooth in your smile, it can also leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

In a case like this, Great Grins will often recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown. Most crowns are made from porcelain, gold or base metals.

At the first appointment your Great Grins dentist will create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. An impression is then taken of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab, that will craft a custom permanent crown for you. In the meantime, the dentist will protect the abutment by cementing a hard plastic temporary crown in place.

Once the dental lab has completed your crown, Great Grins will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented into place.

If you have a fractured tooth and you’d like to explore your restoration options, you should call Great Grins at 859-626-9339 to schedule an appointment.