Each and every one of the teeth in your mouth, has been designed by the ancient forces of evolution to be hard enough to bite off, chew and grind the hardest of foods. As hard as your teeth are, there are still some things they cannot withstand. A hard blow to the mouth from a sports accident or a hard fall can actually hit with such force that it can actually crack a tooth.
Sometimes the tooth can be saved with a root canal. However, if the damage is extensive, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi’s only treatment option, might be to extract the tooth and allow the gums to heal. One of the most effective means for restoring the cracked tooth’s presence is to have a dental implant and crown installed into the void.
The core of a dental implant is made up of a titanium abutment that is installed directly into your jawbone. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. In time it will completely fuse to your existing bone structure in a process known as osseointegration. A hard plastic temporary crown will be cemented atop the titanium abutment to protect it while it fuses into the surrounding bones.
Later, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi will make a detailed impression of the abutment and any corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while they custom craft your permanent crown. Most crowns are made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloy. The material he recommends for your crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its prevalence in your smile.
Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi will call you back in for a follow up appointment when your crown is ready to cement it into place. With proper care and cleaning, your dental implant should serve you for many years to come.
If you’ve recently cracked a tooth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi’s office in Everett, Washington at 425-385-8130 to explore your treatment and restoration options.