Cracked Tooth Repair with Crown
A cracked tooth results in a painful ache that can keep you up all night and make things difficult to chew. You must see a dentist right away before the crack worsens and becomes infected. Most cracked teeth can be saved using a crown. If you wait too long to see a dentist, an infection may set in, and a root canal may be necessary before fitting a crown. Watch our video below about cracked tooth repair with crown…
Sometimes, teeth can develop cracks, and when not treated this can have serious consequences for your oral health. Cracks can come from injury or large fillings that weaken the rest of the tooth. Even small cracks can allow bacteria into the tooth causing decay or infection leading to further destruction.
A cracked tooth may or may not be sensitive to hot and cold or be painful when biting and chewing. Cracks that progress too far can result in entire sections of the tooth breaking off, and in some cases loss of the tooth entirely.
A dental crown is usually made of ceramic or composite material. At Alaska Smiles, we use a CAD/CAM that gives us a 3-D image of the tooth which we use to build your crown. First, a tool is used to grind away damaged tooth material. A crown is then milled using the 3-D imagery. We place the crown and set it in place with bonding material.
At this point, your crowned tooth is complete and ready for biting and chewing.
About Alaska Smiles
Alaska Smiles has been the leader and preferred provider of quality dental services to our patients in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. Our experienced dental team offers comprehensive dental examinations and specializes in a wide array of cosmetic, preventative, general and specialized dental services, and yes including invisible braces.
Led by Brett Johnson, DDS, the team at Alaska Smiles uses only the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available. We are committed to educating our patients and providing personalized dental services to the people of Anchorage. At Alaska Smiles, you will find dental professionals who genuinely care about your health and are dedicated to providing exceptional service to everyone who walks through our door.
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How We Treat Cracked Teeth with Crowns
We start with an initial examination by our dentist, Brett Johnson, DDS, which includes 3-D scans of your teeth and jaw to check for abscesses or other infection. If we find significant infection, we may first refer you to an endodontist for root canal therapy.
Fitting of a crown starts by taking a computerized scan of the cracked tooth. This scan will produce 3-D imagery that will be used to create your crown. After the scan is complete, we use a tool that gently grinds away the damaged and infected tooth material. The crown is milled and then placed over the remaining tooth and set into place with a bonding agent.
If we determine a tooth is severely infected or damaged, a crown may not be possible, and instead an extraction will be recommended. After an extraction, once bone material has regenerated, the patient will be ready for a dental implant or bridge.