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Your tooth enamel is designed to be hard and durable enough to handle a lifetime of biting, chewing and grinding food. However, there are some things, like grinding your teeth, nibbling on foreign objects or a blow to the face, that can fracture a tooth. So long as the damage is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel, might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the damaged tooth restored by a dental crown in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior structures of the tooth are sound and healthy, he can begin the process of forming an abutment.

Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

We will call you in for a brief, follow-up appointment once the dental lab technician has completed your crown. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown into place with a very strong dental adhesive.

Even if the tooth isn’t painful, you should still have your dentist examine the tooth. In time, the fractured enamel can invite bacteria to set in and form a new area of decay. Considering the enamel in the area is already shallow and compromised, this could lead to even more serious complications down the road.

If you have a fractured tooth, you should call 845-454-0790 to seek treatment and repair at our office.