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Dental crowns are created in a special dental lab from durable materials like gold alloy, base metals, or dental grade porcelain-ceramic. This gives them the strength to fully replace the enamel layer on a tooth that has been significantly compromised by a cavity, dental fracture, or chronic dental attrition.

While it is rare, there are times when an accidental dental trauma, or a bad habit like biting your nails, can cause a chip or fracture on one of your dental crowns. Should something like this befall you, it’s best to seek timely treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Andrew Henritze. Without professional care, the damaged dental crown could lead to even more significant complications.

While you’re waiting for your appointment at Andrew Henritze DDS you should not attempt to brush or clean the damaged dental crown. If you have any unwanted material in your mouth you can gently rinse it away using lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning should be left to Dr. Andrew W Henritze’s professional tools and techniques.

Once he has examined and assessed the severity of the problem, Dr. Henritze will explain your treatment options. This might include fitting you for a new crown or performing a root canal to address any potential trauma suffered by the internal abutment.

If you are in the Roanoke, Virginia, area and you’ve suffered a chipped or fractured dental crown, you should call (540) 989-6600 to seek professional treatment with our team!