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Your tooth enamel is made up of a densely packed structure of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what makes your teeth hard enough to bite off and chew tough foods. As strong as your teeth are there are times when a blow to the face, or other accident, can carry enough sharp force to crack a tooth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.

In a case like this, Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer often recommends having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced by a crown

Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer will first need to examine the tooth and take some X-rays to make sure the crack is limited to the tooth enamel. If the pulp or root of the tooth have been compromised, they might need to perform a root canal to replace these structures.

Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and create an abutment. This will later serve to anchor the crown in place.

Then they will make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment is covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to a dental lab where your crown will be made.

Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer will call you back in for a short second appointment, when your crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and they cements your new crown in place over the abutment.

If you have a damaged or cracked, tooth, you need to call Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer’s office in Houston, Texas at 713.784.6855 to explore your restoration options.