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Your tooth enamel is composed of a densely packed structure of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what makes your teeth hard enough to bite things off and chew tough foods. As strong as your teeth are, there are times when a blow to the face, or other incident can cause enough damage to fracture the tooth enamel.

In a case like this, Dr. Alan Goral often recommends having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced by a crown

Dr. Alan Goral will first need to examine the tooth and take some X-rays to make sure the decay is limited to the tooth enamel. If the pulp or root of the tooth have been compromised, he might need to perform a root canal to replace these structures.

Dr. Alan Goral 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 he 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. Alan Goral will call you back in for a short second appointment, when your crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and he cements your new crown in place over the abutment.

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call Dr. Alan Goral’s office in Littleton, Colorado at 303-933-2273 to assess your restoration options.