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Dental fractures can result from a myriad of causes. They can often be the result of an obvious oral trauma, like a blow to the face, or other things like grinding your teeth or using your teeth as tools. These habits can carry enough force to fracture the tooth enamel.

If the damage is deep enough to expose the dentin layer of the tooth, it will likely cause heightened sensitivity. Even if you don’t experience any discomfort in the fractured tooth, you should still seek treatment at Dolnick and Associates.

Should residual food particles or plaque become stuck in the fracture, a cavity could develop.

Dr. Ira J. Dolnick might be able to repair a small dental fracture with an amalgam or composite filling. If a significant amount of tooth enamel was damaged, he might recommend a dental crown to fully restore the tooth.

If the tooth needs a full crown restoration, Dr. Ira J. Dolnick will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.

At the end of the appointment, he will make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment will then be covered by a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Ira J. Dolnick will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.

If you live in the Niles, Illinois, area and you have recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call (847) 378-1644 to have it examined and repaired at Dolnick and Associates.