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The densely packed microscopic crystals that make up your tooth enamel is very strong and durable. Unfortunately, it’s still possible for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to crack tooth enamel. A cracked tooth that causes pain is a clear sign that the crack extends into the interior of the tooth. Even if you have a cracked tooth you should have Dr. Mark A. Osenieks look at it to address the problem before decay sets in.

A cracked tooth can often be restored with a crown, that effectively replaces the entire enamel layer of the tooth. If the crack extends into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth they might need to perform a root canal before restoring the tooth with a crown.

Restoring a cracked tooth with a crown usually involves two separate appointments.

At the first appointment Dr. Mark A. Osenieks will examine the tooth, to assess the overall health of the tooth and the extent of the damage. Next, he will then form an abutment that will later anchor the crown in place. This is done by removing the majority of the tooth enamel leaving behind a small sheath that protects the internal structures of the tooth.

Dr. Mark A. Osenieks will then take an impression of the area. This is sent to a dental lab, where your new crown is made. Then a temporary crown is placed over the abutment to keep it safe, until the lab has completed your crown.

When the crown is ready Dr. Mark A. Osenieks will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.

If have a cracked, damaged or otherwise painful tooth, you need to call Dr. Mark A. Osenieks at (616) 453-0002 to schedule an appointment to restore the tooth and the full function of your mouth.