Your teeth have been designed to be durable enough to bite, chew, and grind common foods. Even if a crack doesn’t damage the interior of the tooth, the damaged enamel could still trap food particles and plaque, harboring a new area of tooth decay.
In cases like this, your dentist, Dr. Corey Johnson, will often recommend a dental crown for the cracked tooth. A dental crown in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a porcelain, gold, or base metal alloy.
The process starts with your dentist removing the tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then cast a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to our dental lab as a guide while the technician creates your new crown. At the end of the appointment, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.
If you have a tooth with cracked enamel, you should call 970-945-9119 to have it treated as soon as possible at our office.