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Dental fractures are often associated with an accidental blow to the mouth. Yet some can be caused by abnormal oral habits like chewing on ice, nibbling on foreign objects, or using your teeth to open a container. Individuals who frequently grind their teeth while sleeping is also at increased risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth.

Even the damage to the tooth enamel is seemingly minimal, the tooth still needs to be examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Brett Langston. Left unaddressed the compromised tooth enamel could cause increased sensitivity or foster a severe cavity.

If Dr. Brett Langston is concerned about the tooth’s structural integrity, he might recommend treating the tooth by performing a dental crown restoration.

The treatment plan typically starts with him clearing away the remaining tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a pillar of healthy dentin which is known as an abutment, with the strength to anchor the dental crown.

A detailed impression will then be prepared of the abutment and the related teeth in your dentition. This information will be delivered to a dental lab where to guide dental technicians in creating your dental crown.

A member of Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your dental crown is ready. It will then be cemented onto the anchoring abutment with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Decatur, Georgia, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you shouldn’t delay in calling (404) 321-4588 to seek professional treatment at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta’s dental office.