The enamel on each of your teeth is very strong. At the same time, it’s possible for something like a blow to the face or other impact to impart enough force to deeply fracture the tooth. Sometimes this fracture can penetrate beyond the enamel layer, to damage the deep internal structures of the tooth. This is often accompanied by intense pain and sensitivity.
For a tooth like this Dr. Andrew Calhoun will often recommend having the fractured tooth restored by a root canal and crown.
The first step in restoring a tooth with a root canal involves Dr. Andrew Calhoun examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage.
Then Dr. Andrew Calhoun will remove any remaining damaged enamel and compromised internal structures before he forms an abutment out of a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This abutment will later be used to anchor your permanent crown in your mouth.
An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is secured over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.
Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you back in for a short second appointment once the lab has completed your permanent crown. The temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented in place, thus restoring the full function and appearance of your original tooth.
If you have a deeply fractured or cracked tooth that needs restoration, you should not delay in call Dr. Andrew Calhoun at 904.352.2510 to schedule an appointment.