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A tooth can sometimes be fractured by something as simple as nibbling on a pencil or using your teeth to open a package. People who grind their teeth at night without the use of a protective dental guard are increasingly prone to suffering dental fractures.

Even if the damage to the tooth enamel is minor, you should still have it examined by a trained dentist like Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith or Dr. Katie Anthony before a cavity can develop in the distressed tooth. 

If our dentist can’t viably repair the tooth with a standard dental filling, she might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This involves preparing an anchoring abutment by removing the tooth’s enamel layer. This will reveal the underlying dentin layer which will have the necessary strength to anchor the dental crown in your mouth.  

Your dentist will form a detailed impression of the area which will be sent to a dental lab to guide the technicians who will create your dental crown. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await completion of your crown.

You will need to return to Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith’s clinic when your dental crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will then be cemented in place.

If you are in the Watkinsville, Georgia area, and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 706-769-1659 to seek treatment at Oconee Dental, PC.