A dentist in Edmonton will provide a variety of dental procedures each day to help advance the health of the teeth of dental patients. Sometimes these procedures and treatments are required for basic dental restoration needs, and this is the case if a patient has a tooth that has been substantially broken. A broken tooth is the direct result of a weakness that has formed across the enamel and dentin of the tooth. People who have naturally soft and brittle teeth will find that these breaks occur over time when a tooth can no longer handle pressure from food grinding and chewing. Smaller cracks will form within the dental enamel, and these cracks will push through the dentin until the structural integrity of the tooth is destroyed. When the tooth breaks, a large area of dental enamel and dentin will come loose from the tooth in one solid mass. Smaller chunks of the tooth may break off the tooth as well, and the exposed dentin will be extremely sensitive to variable temperatures. This means that pain and general discomfort will be felt around the tooth directly after the break occurs. This discomfort most often leads an individual to make a timely appointment with a dentist.
When a dentist in Edmonton sees a patient with a broken tooth, this tooth will be assessed. Assessments are made so that the dentist can form an optimal plan for tooth restoration. The tooth will be viewed and probed first, and the dentist will consider areas across the tooth that may further break loose. The tooth is pressed, and the patient will be asked about shooting pains that occur when pressure is applied. The dentist will consider this pain, because this will indicate that a dental infection or damage concern may be located across the tooth root. The tooth will be x-rayed at this point, and images will clearly show internal and external tooth damage. Dental infections will be clearly revealed as well, and the dentist will speak with patients about the placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns can be fitted on the teeth after the dentist makes considerations of crown material. Crowns will be constructed of either porcelain, metal, or with both of these materials fused together. Steel, nickel, gold, and metal composites can all be used for crown creation, but aesthetics will generally push the dentist to choose porcelain materials. If additional strength is required to repair the tooth, the dentist will consider ordering the crown with steel or composite metals fused to the porcelain.
The dentist in Edmonton will order dental crowns directly after the patient’s tooth is prepared. To prepare the tooth, the dentist will use rubber cement or resin to build a larger structure along the area where the tooth break has occurred. Some dental enamel will often need to be removed from the sides of the tooth, and this is the case so that the crown can be adhered over the entire area of the tooth without increasing the width of the tooth. Very small amounts of enamel are filed from the tooth, and the dentist will create dental molds of the mouth. Complete molds will allow for the creation of the correct sized crown. A dental facility will make the crown with the use of the molds, and patients will be fitted with a temporary crown to allow for the two or three week period that is required to make the crown.
The dentist in Edmonton will affix the dental crown as soon as it is inspected by the dentist. The patient will have the temporary crown removed from the tooth, and the dentist will clean the exposed tooth area and apply bonding fluids to the tooth. The crown will then be placed after dental adhesive is spread along the top and side of the tooth. The crown is moved into position, and the adhesive material will be hardened.