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Dental fractures can result from several different problems. While a blow to the face or accidental fall are prime culprits, you could also fracture tooth enamel from nibbling on a foreign object, using your teeth as tools or grinding your teeth at night.

Small fractures or chips in tooth enamel can often be repaired at Andrew Henritze DDS with a simple filling. A large dental fracture might compromise so much tooth enamel that the tooth might need a dental crown restoration.

The process starts with Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS removing the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that houses the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then a temporary crown made of hard plastic will be secured over the abutment to protect it.

A staff member will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia, area and you’ve suffered a dental fracture, you should call (540) 989-6600 to have it treated and repaired at our dental office.