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People who grind their teeth at night on a regular basis or who have a bad habit of using their teeth as tools are at increased risk of dental fracture. This is further heightened if you participate in vigorous athletics without the warranted protection of a quality mouthguard.

Should you suffer a fractured tooth, it could cause heightened sensitivity or other discomfort. Even if the tooth is not in immediate distress, you should still strongly consider having it examined and treated at our dental office.

Food material and plaque buildup can gradually become trapped in the fractured enamel. This could foster bacterial growth and tooth decay. Since the tooth has already been compromised, any cavity can quickly spread to infect the pulp and root of the tooth.

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

The first step involves your dentist removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment pillar of dentin that will eventually anchor a new crown.

Your dentist will then cast a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.

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 will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you live in the Wichita, Kansas, area and you have a tooth suffering from a dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 316-683-0440 to have it examined and repaired at our dental office.