August 25, 2016
You are finally getting to see the movie you’ve been waiting months to open. In truth, you’ve been looking forward to seeing since it was announced last year.
Now, you’ve got your ticket. You’ve got a big bucket of popcorn and a large soft drink. You are ready.
You chat with your friends a bit until the trailers begin. You toss some popcorn in your mouth. The real movie will be starting any moment.
When the opening credits begin, you bite down hard in your excitement, and … it really hurts.
What has happened? You really don’t want to leave the theater, but it’s too dark to see what’s going on.
You rush to the bathroom and look in the mirror. Something doesn’t look right. One of your teeth is broken! You must have bitten down too hard on a unpopped kernel.
You pull out your cell phone and call J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS.
What To Do About Your Broken Tooth
Rogue popcorn kernels aren’t the only possible cause of broken teeth.
You could have an injury during a game of your recreational softball league or if you take your eye off the ball while playing catch with your son.
You could trip and fall, or someone caught up in playing Pokémon Go may walk right into you.
Regardless of the reason, your tooth is broken we would encourage you to make an appointment at our dentist office in Virginia Beach, VA, as soon as you are able.
Broken teeth should be considered a dental emergency, and you should take precautions before you get to our office.
First, you should rinse your mouth to clean any blood. Find some gauze if you continue to bleed after you have rinsed the blood away. You can use the gauze to apply pressure and soak up the blood.
When it stops, rinse your mouth again.
The next step is to cover the tooth. You can use more gauze or dental wax for this purpose.
Broken teeth may have sharp edge or points. You may accidentally cut your tongue, lips, or cheeks if you don’t cover it.
Treating Your Broken Tooth
If you’ve rinsed your mouth, then you have probably seen what your tooth looks like in the mirror.
Your smile isn’t going to look the same, at least not until you get to our office. If possible, we will probably be able to fix it with a dental crown. (A deep break may require a root canal treatment, which also could involve getting a dental crown at the end.)
This also is a time when you will appreciate our having a CEREC dental crowns at our office.
Before we do any further, we do want to answer a few questions.
What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a replace for the natural crown of your tooth. The crown is the part of your tooth that is visible outside of your gumline.
A dental crown can restore the appearance of your damaged tooth as well as your ability to bite or chew with that tooth.
What is a CEREC crown? CEREC is an abbreviation for ceramic restoration. With the CEREC system, we have a milling machine in our office to make your crown in a single visit.
At other dentist offices, you may have to wait weeks to complete the process of getting a dental crown. They will have to order it from a dental lab before it can be bonded to your tooth.
How To Get Your CEREC Crown
Once you have made your appointment, we will examine your tooth and make a digital impression of your mouth.
That digital impression will be sent to a computer, which will help determine the right shape and size of your dental crown.
We will reshape your damaged tooth so it can support your crown when it is ready. (At this point you may get a temporary crown from another office. If you do, hopefully, it won’t break or fall off before your permanent crown arrives.)
With our milling machine, we can complete your permanent crown in about two hours. In a single visit, we can prepare your tooth, make your crown, and bond it in place.
You won’t need to wear a temporary crown, and you won’t have to make a second visit to get your crown placed.
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Today’s post focused on a broken tooth, but dental crowns can be used to fix tooth decay, worn down teeth, and discolored teeth, too.