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The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a fall or blow to the face to fracture it. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of chewing on pencils and pens, or you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis.

Fortunately, Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS can often restore a fractured tooth by installing a crown. The material your dentist recommends for your crown will largely be determined by the tooth’s primary function and prevalence in your smile.

The first step in the process involves Dr. Cynthia E. Sherwood creating an abutment out of the interior of the tooth. This is done by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. An impression is then taken of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab that will craft a custom permanent crown for you. In the meantime, the dentist will protect the abutment by cementing a hard plastic temporary crown in place.

When your permanent crown is back from the dental lab, Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS will call you in for a brief appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented into place.

If you have a fractured tooth and you’d like to explore your restoration options, you should call Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS at (620) 331.4499 to schedule an appointment.