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Your teeth are designed to handle the daily wear and tear of chewing the common foods you consume. Yet, there are still things that can potentially chip or fracture a tooth. This is even more likely to occur if you frequently grind your teeth at night.

Small fractures can possibly be repaired with a dental filling. A tooth with a large fracture might not have sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a filling.

To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson might need to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. Your dentist will use gold, a metallic alloy or dental porcelain to fully replicate the tooth enamel layer of the original tooth.

This is a two-stage restoration that starts by removing the entire tooth enamel layer to form an abutment. This will eventually anchor the crown in your mouth. Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson will then make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be created.

A hard, plastic, temporary crown will be secured over the abutment. It’s important to remember that the temporary crown is only meant to protect the abutment. It is not strong enough to bite, chew, or grind hard foods.

When your final crown is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule the second phase of the restoration. The temporary crown will be carefully removed during this phase and Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson will cement your crown onto the abutment.

If one of your teeth has recently suffered a fracture and you live in the Payson, Utah, area, you should call 801-658-0102 to seek professional treatment at Gunnerson Dental.