Your tooth enamel is technically harder than your bones. Even though this might sound impressive, it is still possible for it to be chipped and fractured. This is even more likely to happen if you play contact sports without wearing a quality mouth guard or if you grind your teeth on a regular basis. Even if a fracture isn’t painful, you should still have your dentist, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson, examine and treat the tooth before decay develops.
The treatment starts with your dentist examining the tooth and finding the problem, making sure the pulp and the other interior structures of the tooth are healthy. Then, he will remove the remaining tooth enamel, leaving a post-like abutment behind. This is essentially the dentin and pulp of the tooth that is still anchored securely in the socket.
A detailed impression will be cast of the area and will be sent to our dental lab as a guide to creating your permanent crown. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to protect it.
A member of our Dentists at Memorial Park staff will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. During this brief appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth, you should call Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323 to have it treated and repaired with a dental crown in Houston, Texas.