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When an accidental fall or a blow to the face causes a small crack in the tooth enamel, it can have a serious negative impact on the function of your mouth. Beyond impairing your ability to chew, the damaged enamel can invite a new area of decay to form.

If the crack is limited to the tooth enamel, Dr. Robert Doyle might recommend that the tooth be restored by a dental crown. A dental crown in Martins Ferry, Ohio, is essentially a replica tooth made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloys. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.

At the first appointment, Dr. Robert Doyle will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Your dentist will then make an impression of the area, which will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown will be made.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. Robert Doyle will secure a temporary crown over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that this hard, plastic cap is not a fully functional tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment.

Dr. Robert Doyle will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab technician has completed your crown. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a cracked, fractured or damaged tooth, you should call Complete Dental Care at 866-471-4028 to explore your treatment and restoration options.