The microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel make it very strong. However, it’s not unheard of for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause cracks or severe fractures in tooth enamel. Significant pain and sensitivity in the broken tooth are a clear sign that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth.
In a situation like this, your Pine Ridge Dental dentist might recommend restoring the broken tooth with a root canal.
Your Pine Ridge Dental 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.
An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.
They will call you back in for 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. With proper care and cleaning your new tooth should serve you for many years to come!
If you have a deeply fractured or cracked or broken tooth, you shouldn’t hesitate to call our Pine Ridge Dental’s offices in Lincoln, Nebraska at 402-423-1100 to seek immediate treatment and restoration.