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Your tooth enamel is intended to be hard enough to bite, chew and grind hard foods. Unfortunately, there are still times when your tooth enamel can be fractured. This could be as traumatic as a blow to the face or as mundane as grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.

If the fracture in the enamel is too large to be repaired by a standard filling, Dr. James McAllister might recommend having the tooth restored by a dental crown. A dental crown in Indianapolis, Indiana, is essentially a replica tooth made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.

During your first appointment, your dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel to form an abutment. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Then, he will make an impression of the area, which will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown will be made.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. James McAllister will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown is not a fully functional tooth. The hard, plastic cap is only meant to protect the abutment.

Dr. James McAllister will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab has completed your crown. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.

If you have a fractured tooth, you should call East Indianapolis Dental Associates at 317-357-8548 to explore your options for treating and restoring the tooth.