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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still some situations that can cause a fracture in one or more teeth. While it could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face, other things like grinding your teeth or nibbling on foreign objects can also lead to large chips or fractures.

If the fracture is too large for your dentist, Dr. James Johnson, to repair it with a filling, he might recommend having the tooth restored by a dental crown. A dental crown in Houston, Texas, is essentially a replica tooth made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy. It usually takes two separate appointments to fully install a crown.

During your first appointment, Dr. James Johnson will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment. This will later anchor the crown in your mouth. Then, he will make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. James Johnson will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown is not a fully functional tooth. The hard, plastic cap is only meant to protect the abutment.

Dr. James Johnson will call you back for the second appointment after the dental lab technician has completed your crown. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If one of your teeth has recently suffered a fracture, you should call James A. Johnson, DDS at 713.988.0536 to have it examined and repaired.