Your teeth are intended to be hard enough to bite and break down food throughout the course of your life. However, there are still some things that can exceed the strength of your tooth enamel and create a dental fracture. The fracture could come from an athletic injury, grinding your teeth while sleeping, or chewing on ice. People who use their teeth as improvised tools, or chew on foreign objects are also at an increased risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth.
If one of your teeth has damaged to its enamel, it’s important to have that tooth examined by an experienced dentist like Dr. Aria Irvani. Left untreated, the fractured area could foster a severe cavity or lead to a second dental fracture.
In a case of significant dental trauma, our dentist might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. The interior of the crown is hollow, which allows it to be anchored on an abutment created from the healthy dentin layer of the tooth. After the existing tooth enamel has been removed, the dentist will prepare an impression of the abutment as well as the neighboring teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be created. When it is ready, a member of Aria Irvani DDS’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment. Dr. Aria Irvani will cement the crown onto the abutment to fully restore your compromised tooth.
If you live in the Foothill Ranch, California, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 949-458-5858 to have it treated at Aria Irvani DDS.