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Tooth enamel that has been badly chipped or fractured can be a serious cause for concern. The newly exposed, fractured enamel could start to trap plaque and residual food particles. In time, this could harbor a new area of decay that could spread dangerously close to the sensitive interior structures of the tooth.

If a significant amount of tooth enamel was lost, your dentist, Dr. Amanda Lewis, might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. A dental crown in Decatur, Illinois, is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel, and it is formed out of porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy.

The first step involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

The dentist will then cast a detailed impression of the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

We will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have recently fractured a tooth, you should not delay in contacting Central Illinois Smiles at 217.877.1742 to understand your treatment and restoration options.