A dental crown is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel layer of a tooth. It is secured onto an abutment that is made from the otherwise healthy internal structures of the tooth. While it is cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive, there are things that can weaken this bond. If this happens, the abutment can be damaged or can become susceptible to decay. In a case like this, the tooth might need endodontic therapy.
Sometimes referred to as a root canal, this is a course of therapy your dentist, Dr. Andrew Calhoun, uses to treat pain and restore the structure of the abutment. Once all compromised tissues have been removed, Dr. Andrew Calhoun will rebuild the structure with a sterile material known as gutta percha.
A detailed impression will be made of the abutment as well as the corresponding teeth in the area. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where a new crown will be meticulously crafted.
When it is ready, Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you back in to cement your new crown onto the abutment. With proper care and cleaning, you can expect the restored tooth to serve you for many years to come.
If you have a damaged, loose, painful, or missing dental crown in Jacksonville, Florida, you should not delay in calling 904.352.2510 to have it treated at Jacksonville Endodontic Associates.