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The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to crack the enamel. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a mouth guard.

Fortunately, Dr. Ernesto Prida can often restore a cracked tooth by installing a crown. The material he recommends for your crown will largely be determined by on the tooth’s primary function and prevalence in your smile.

A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer with an artificial material which will not be vulnerable to tooth decay. The material Dr. Ernesto Prida recommends for your crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and relationship to your smile.

Dr. Ernesto Prida starts by examining the tooth to assess the extent of the crack and the health of the interior structures of the tooth. If the crack penetrates deeper than the enamel layer, he might perform a root canal.

Then Dr. Ernesto Prida will remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth leaving a small abutment behind. Then he will make an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it.

Dr. Ernesto Prida will call you in for a brief second appointment, when the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown is cemented into place over the abutment.

If you have a cracked tooth, you need to call Stone Lodge Dental at 214-613-1500 as soon as possible, to schedule an appointment.