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A crack or deep fracture in the enamel of one of your teeth is often a serious problem that demands immediately attention. Beyond the pain you will experience, if the tooth is not restored in short order it can develop serious tooth decay problems that could even lead to or a dangerous infection in the root or an abscess in your gums. In a case like this Dr. Kaitilin Riley might recommend the tooth be restored with a crown.

A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer of a tooth with an artificial material like gold, base metals or porcelain. The tooth’s primary function in your mouth and relationship to your smile, will determine the best materials to use for the crown.

The process begins with Dr. Kaitilin Riley examining the tooth and take a few x-rays to assess the extent of the damage. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been compromised, she might need to perform a root canal.

Dr. Kaitilin Riley will then form an abutment to mount the crown, by removing the majority of the tooth enamel leaving behind a small amount to help protect the healthy interior of the tooth. Once this is done Dr. Kaitilin Riley will create an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. A temporary crown is then cemented over the abutment to protect it.

When the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Kaitilin Riley will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place over the abutment.

If you have a tooth with severely damaged enamel or concerns that you might need a crown, please feel free to call us at 805-238-3880 to schedule an appointment.