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Even though the enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard, there are still times when something like an accidental fall or a blow to the face can actually crack one of your teeth. One of the more common restoration options recommended by Derek C. Barnes, DMD is to have the enamel layer of the cracked tooth replaced by a crown.

At the first appointment, our dentist will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy and that the problem is only limited to the enamel layer.

The dentist will then numb the area and use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post known as an abutment, which will later serve to anchor your new crown.

Dr. Derek C. Barnes will then take an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth, and cover the abutment with a hard plastic temporary crown. The impression will then be sent to out dental lab where your new crown is produced.

When your new crown is ready, we will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If have have a cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth, you should call Derek C. Barnes, DMD at 704-849-6700 to explore your treatment and restoration options.