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.