The enamel layer on each of your teeth is composed of a densely packed structure of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what makes your teeth hard enough to bite things off and chew tough foods. As strong as your teeth are there are times when a blow to the face, or other accident, can impart enough force to damage or fracture a tooth.
So long as the damage is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth Dr. Scott R. Adishian might recommend that the entire enamel layer of the damaged tooth be restored by a crown.
The process begins with Dr. Scott R. Adishian examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior structures of the tooth are sound and healthy, he can begin the process of forming an abutment.
Dr. Scott R. Adishian will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later serve to anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.
At the end of the first appointment he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then the abutment is covered by a hard plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression is sent off to a dental lab that will custom make your new crown.
Dr. Scott R. Adishian will call you back in for a short second appointment, when your crown is completed. At this time, he will remove the temporary crown, and cement your new permanent crown in place over the abutment.
If one of your teeth has suffered a significant fracture, you should contact Dr. Scott R. Adishian’s office in Pasadena, California at 626-796-3700 to have it repaired as soon as possible.