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Your tooth enamel is designed to be hard enough to allow you to bite, chew and grind hard foods. However, there are some instances when a blow to the face or something as mundane as grinding your teeth can cause a fracture in the tooth enamel. When this happens, the damaged area can trap food particles and plaque, inviting tooth decay.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas, might recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.

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

Once the enamel layer of the tooth has been cleared away, Dr. Lida M. Vargas will make an impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will match up with the final dental crown.

Then, she will send the impression to a dental lab where your new crown will be custom crafted. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

Dr. Lida M. Vargas 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 contacting Virginia Dental Group at 703-385-3800 to have it treated and repaired.