Bad habits like nervously nibbling on pens, and pencils, or using your teeth to open packaging can put you at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture on a front tooth. This is even more likely to happen if you participate in a contact sport without using the necessary mouth protection.
Sometimes Dr. Arpan Patel can repair a chipped front tooth with a composite resin dental filling that matches the shade of the surrounding tooth enamel.
If the dental fracture is large or there isn’t sufficient tooth enamel remaining to secure a composite dental filling, Dr. Arpan Patel might recommend restoring the tooth with a porcelain dental crown.
This treatment process involves Dr. Arpan Patel using a dental drill to remove whatever remains of the original tooth enamel layer. The exposed dentin layer within will eventually serve as an anchoring abutment to secure your dental crown in place.
A detailed impression will be cast of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown is created.
You will need to return to Dr. Arpan Patel’s office when the porcelain dental crown is ready. A strong dental adhesive will then be used to cement it onto the abutment.
If you are in the Langhorne, Pennsylvania, area and you have recently fractured a tooth, you should call (215) 970-2515 to have it treated and repaired at Alpha Dental Excellence.