Your teeth have been designed by the processes of evolution to be able to handle biting off, chewing and grinding hard foods. However, there are also times when a hard blow to the face can impact with so much force that it severely cracks and fractures a tooth. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been damaged, one of Darden DDS’s dentists will likely need to perform a root canal.
The dentist will begin by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps to assess the extent of the damage. In an extreme case, the tooth might need to be extracted.
The next step in the root canal calls for removing all damaged enamel and other structures. They will then be replaced by a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This creates a solid abutment that will later serve to anchor a crown.
We will then cast a detailed impression of the area, before cementing a hard plastic temporary crown over the abutment to protect it. The impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment once the dental lab has completed your crown. The temporary crown is removed and your new crown will be cemented into place. This will effectively restore the full function and appearance of the tooth for many years.
If you have a deeply fractured or cracked or broken tooth, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Darden DDS’s dental clinic in Glendora, California at 626.963.6006 for treatment and restoration.