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The microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel make it very strong. However, it’s not unheard of for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause cracks chips, or fractures in tooth enamel. If you feel pain inside the tooth, the damage might extend deep into the internal structures.

The first stage of the root canal process involves Dr. Andrew Calhoun examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of decay. If the damage is too severe the tooth might need to be completely extracted.

Dr. Andrew Calhoun will then form an abutment using a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.

When the lab has completed your permanent crown, Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth that has been deeply cracked, fractured or damaged please call us at 904.352.2510 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find a speedy solution to this serious problem.