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Your teeth have been designed to be durable enough to bite, chew, and grind common foods. If you grind your teeth at night, use your teeth as tools, or have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects, it can cause a large chip or fracture in the tooth enamel. Even if the damage doesn’t expose the sensitive interior of the tooth, the damaged area can invite a new cavity.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Jenkins, often recommends restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Sellersburg, Indiana, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to anchor onto a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

After Dr. Dennis Jenkins has removed all the tooth enamel, he will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final crown.

Dr. Dennis Jenkins will send the impression to a dental lab where your new crown will be made. Then, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

Dr. Dennis Jenkins will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.

If you have recently fractured a tooth, you should not delay in calling 812-246-3386 to have it treated at Designing Smiles PSC.