There are rare instances when a blow to the face can carry so much force that it can severely fracture or crack a tooth. When this happens, the potential damage to the pulp, root or nerve of the tooth can be severe. The resulting pain can be traumatic, and to effectively treat it, Dr. Andrew Calhoun might need to perform endodontic therapy.
Commonly known as a root canal, this method of treatment is designed to remove the damaged internal structures of the tooth. This will effectively stop the pain and prevent future complications and infections.
Once the damaged tissues have been completely removed, your dentist will restore the structure of the tooth with a rubbery yet firm material known as gutta percha. This will effectively create a small, post-like structure, known as an abutment, that will eventually secure a dental crown.
The crown will need to be prepared at an off-site dental lab out of either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. When it’s ready, Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it onto the abutment. This will restore the full function of your previously damaged tooth for many years to come.
If you have a cracked, fractured or otherwise painful tooth, you should not delay in contacting Jacksonville Endodontic Associates at 904.352.2510 to seek timely treatment and restoration with a root canal in Jacksonville, Florida.