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If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you have a habit of crunching down on ice, or you are taking medications, your molars and premolars are at an increased risk of suffering a dental fracture. When this happens it damage to the tooth enamel can be significant. It could cause pain, discomfort, and decreased oral function, while also increasing your chances of suffering a new cavity deep in the tooth.

Sometimes it’s possible for Dr. Bachar Saba to treat a small dental fracture with an amalgam dental filling. However, a more significant dental fracture there might not be sufficient tooth enamel remaining to anchor a dental filling in place. To treat a tooth in this condition Dr. Bachar Saba might recommend a dental crown restoration.

This is a near perfect replica of the original tooth enamel layer cast from a special material such as porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. The interior of the crown is hollow, so it can be anchored on an abutment created from the healthy dentin layer of the tooth.

After removing the remnants of the existing tooth enamel, Dr. Bachar Saba will prepare an impression of the abutment and any related teeth in the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown will be created by highly trained dental technicians.

When the dental crown is ready, Dr. Bachar Saba’s staff will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. Once Dr. Bachar Saba cements it onto the abutment your newly restored tooth will last you for many years to come. If you live in the Walpole, Massachusetts, area and you have fractured a molar or premolar you should call (508) 668-1531 to have it treated at B. SABA DMD, PC.