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The enamel layer of your teeth is very hard and extremely durable, yet there are times when a fall or blow to the face can crack one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you play contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard.

Even if the crack is shallow and doesn’t cause sensitivity problems, you will still need to have it treated and repaired to prevent future tooth decay. A small crack can sometimes be repaired with a filling. However, most cracks require the entire tooth enamel layer to be replaced with a dental crown.

The process of placing a dental crown in Hickory, North Carolina, starts with your dentist, Dr. John McAllister, using a drill to remove the entire enamel layer of the tooth. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will then be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide while the technician custom crafts your new crown.

Then, our team will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment during this appointment.

If you have a cracked tooth, you need to call McAllister Dentistry at 828-322-6731 to explore your treatment and restoration options.