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If you have a habit of improvising your teeth as tools, nibbling on pens and pencils or crunching on ice, you are at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture on the biting surface of one of your teeth. Such dental trauma could also be the result of grinding your teeth at night while you sleep.

A tooth in this state often experiences heightened sensitivity or other discomforts. Even if the tooth is not in immediate distress, you should still strongly consider having it examined and treated at the dental practice of Evan L. Wheeler, DDS, PC in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Food material and other bacterial residues can gradually become trapped in the fractured enamel. This could foster a dangerous area of tooth decay to develop in an already compromised tooth. This could even call for treatment with a root canal.

To treat a tooth distressed by this type of fracture, our dentist will likely recommend a crown restoration. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental-grade material.

The first step involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment pillar of dentin that will eventually anchor a permanent crown. After an impression has been taken of the area, the core of the tooth will be protected with a temporary crown.

One of our staff members will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown is removed and our dentist cements it in place.

If you live in the Fairbanks, Alaska area and you have a tooth suffering from a dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 907-479-8123 to have it examined and repaired at our Evan L. Wheeler, DDS, PC dental office. We look forward to helping you restore your confident smile!