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A tooth can often sometimes be fractured by an accidental blow to the mouth or some other form of oral trauma. At the same time introducing foreign objects to your mouth by chewing on desktop items, or using your teeth to open a package, can also fracture a tooth.

In many dental fractures cases, our dentists, Drs. Jay W. Hildreth, Linda Kenworthy, Antoinette Cancelada, and Kyung Kim will recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment is designed to completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an artificial material like gold, dental grade porcelain-ceramic, or base metal alloy.

After removing the remaining tooth enamel our dentist will create an impression. The remaining dentin abutment will eventually serve as an effective anchor for the dental crown. Then a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it. When your dental crown is ready you will need to return to have it cemented in place.

Going forward, you might want to take measures to address the original cause of the dental fracture. This could include actively working to break bad oral habits, making sure to always wear an athletic mouth guard when participating in sports, or sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.

If you live in St Marys, Kansas, and you have a fractured tooth, you should call 785-437-2771 to seek treatment at the dental offices of St. Marys Dental Center.