A Deeply Fractured or Cracked Tooth Might Need a Root Canal

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The enamel layer of your teeth is composed of a microscopic mineral crystal structure that is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are still times when something like a fall or a blow to the face can cause a deep crack or fracture in the enamel layer of one your teeth.

A sharp or persistent pain in a cracked or fractured tooth, is clear evidence that the damage extends down into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this the dentists at Brent A. Spear, DDS might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged internal structures before replacing the enamel layer with a crown.

The first step in the root canal process involves a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the damage.

The dentist will then remove most of the tooth enamel to gain access to damaged internal structures. Once the damaged area is removed the interior structure of the tooth will be rebuilt with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha. This creates an abutment that will later anchor a crown in place.

Next, an impression is made of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. The dentist will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.

After the dental lab has completed your crown Brent A. Spear, DDS will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.

If you have a tooth has been deeply cracked or fractured, please call Brent A. Spear, DDS at 817.920.1488 to schedule an appointment.