When a tooth’s enamel layer is chipped or fractured the compromised area might not cause any discomfort or sensitivity. However, you shouldn’t let this lull you into forgoing professional treatment.
As time goes on the minute textures in the compromised area of tooth enamel could start to trap food particles and other bacterial deposits. These areas are often hard to clean with a toothbrush, which could lead to a severe cavity developing deep within the damaged tooth enamel.
In a case like this, a dentist like Dr. F. Todd Wortham or Dr. Seth Jorgensen might recommend a porcelain dental crown restoration. This treatment strategy is designed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another durable material.
After the tooth and surrounding gums have been sufficiently numbed our dentist will use professional tools and techniques to carefully remove the remaining tooth enamel layer. The dentin abutment that is left behind will serve as a strong anchor for your eventual dental crown.
After it has been created from porcelain material your dental crown will be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive. With good oral hygiene habits and attendance of your routine dental checkups, your restored tooth should last you for many years to come.
If you are in Anchorage, Alaska, and you have suffered a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 907-885-2436 to have it examined and treated at Foothills Dentistry.