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Sometimes something as seemingly simple as grinding your teeth at night or crunching down on a piece of ice can exert such force on a tooth’s biting surface that it fractures the tooth enamel. In many of these cases the individual experiences immediate discomfort and sensitivity.

A simple dental filling can rarely address a tooth in this condition. Many badly fractured teeth require a dentist like Dr. Sara Sheikh to perform a dental crown restoration. The treatment process is designed to fully replace the tooth’s original enamel layer with a material such as gold, base metal alloy, or a durable dental grade porcelain.

The process starts with our dentist using professional tools and technique to carefully remove the remaining enamel layer. The post of healthy dentin left behind will eventually support your new dental crown.

When it is ready our dentist will bond the dental crown to the anchoring abutment with a strong dental adhesive.

It might also be helpful to review the incident that caused the dental fracture. Making a conscious effort to curtail a bad oral habit or sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth might help reduce your chances of fracturing another tooth.

If you live in the Kennebunk, Maine, area and you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 207-985-7944 to have it examined and treated at Kennebunk Center for Dentistry.