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Having a tooth damaged in an athletic injury, or other accident can cause significant pain and oral trauma. When the pain persists after the initial shock has passed, it often means the pulp, or root of the tooth was also damaged.

In a case like this Dr. Andrew Calhoun will likely need to perform a root canal to extract the damaged parts of the tooth and restore enough structure to later mount a crown.

Once your tooth and gums have been sufficiently numbed, he will use a drill to remove all of the damaged material. Then a rubbery, yet firm material called gutta percha will be used to form a post-like structure called an abutment.

Dr. Andrew Calhoun will then take a detailed impression of the abutment and all other pertinent teeth. A hard plastic temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression will then be sent off to a dental lab to serve as a guide for making a crown.

When your permanent crown is ready Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you back in to cement it in place. With proper care and cleaning your crown should completely replace the damaged tooth for many years to come.

If you’ve suffered an accident or injury that has damaged one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Andrew Calhoun’s office in Jacksonville, Florida at 904.352.2510 to schedule an appointment.