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Your tooth enamel is technically harder than your bones. Even though this might sound impressive, there are times when a fall or blow to the face can actually crack one of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without having the protection of a mouth guard.

If a cracked tooth has heightened sensitivity, it possibly means that the fracture has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth. This often requires your dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh, to perform a root canal before the tooth can be fitted for a crown. Even if the cracked tooth doesn’t give you pain, she will likely recommend repairing the tooth with a dental crown in San Francisco, California.

A crown is a replica of the entire enamel layer of a tooth. The material Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh recommends for your crown will be influenced by the tooth’s primary function and visibility in your smile.

The process of placing the crown starts by removing all of the tooth enamel with a drill. This forms an abutment out of the core structures of the tooth. Later, this abutment will serve as the anchor for your permanent crown.

Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh will then make a detailed impression of the abutment and all other relevant teeth. A temporary crown is then placed over the abutment and the impression is sent off to the dental lab where your crown will be made.

Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh will call you back into Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS when your permanent crown is ready. During this appointment, she will remove the temporary crown and will cement your permanent crown into place.

If you have a fractured or cracked tooth, you should call Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh at 415.682.6377 to have it treated to prevent further complications.