Your tooth enamel is very strong. However, it’s not uncommon for a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause cracks or severe fractures in the tooth enamel. Significant pain and sensitivity in the broken tooth is a clear sign that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth.
In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Thomas Jackson, might recommend restoring the broken tooth with a root canal.
Your dentist will begin treatment by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps them assess the extent of the damage. In an extreme case, the tooth might need to be extracted.
The next step in the root canal treatment is removing every damaged section of the tooth. Those sections will then be replaced by a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This creates a solid abutment that will later anchor a dental crown.
An impression will then be taken of the area and a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression will be sent to the dental laboratory where your permanent crown will be made.
We will call you back into Jackson Dental for a second appointment once the dental lab has completed your crown. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place. With the proper care and cleaning, your new tooth should serve you for many years to come!
If you have a deeply fractured, cracked or broken tooth, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Jackson Dental at 810-667-3535 to schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you with a root canal in Lapeer, Michigan.