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Your teeth are only intended to be hard enough to handle biting and chewing common foods. Yet there are things that can exceed the structural integrity of your tooth enamel causing chips and potential dental fractures.

Common causes of a problem like this could include an athletic injury, grinding your teeth while sleeping, or crunching down on ice. People with a bad habit of using their teeth as tools, or nervously nibbling on pens and pencils are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped or fractured tooth.

Even if your fractured tooth doesn’t cause you any immediate pain, it’s important to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Willis Jensen. Without professional treatment the fractured tooth enamel could come to foster a severe cavity or lead to a more severe dental fracture.

To treat a tooth suffering from a significant dental fracture he might recommend performing a dental crown restoration. The interior of the dental crown will be hollow, which allows it to be anchored on an abutment created from the healthy dentin layer beneath the tooth’s enamel layer.

After the existing tooth enamel has been carefully removed Dr. Willis Jensen will prepare an impression of the abutment as well as the neighboring teeth. It will then be sent to a dental lab where the dental crown will be created.

When it is ready a member of our staff will call you to set up a second appointment. Your new dental crown will then be cemented firmly onto the abutment with a special type of dental adhesive.

If you live in the Arlington Heights, Illinois, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 847-577-7440 to have it treated at Willis J Jensen DDS.