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It’s not unheard of for a fall or blow to the face, to fracture, crack or severely damage a tooth. This can cause a lot of pain and compromise your ability to chew food and speak clearly. Even if the damage is only limited to the enamel layer of the tooth it still has the potential to cause some serious problems later. In a situation like this your dentist might recommend a root canal and a new crown to fully restore the tooth.

A root canal requires two separate procedures to fully restore the tooth. The first procedure involves the dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays determine the extent of the decay. This can also help to catch an infection or abscess in the gums.

Next, the dentist will use a drill to remove the damaged enamel and gain access to the root. They can then rebuild the tooth’s internal structure with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This allows them to create abutment that will later anchor a crown.

Once this is done they take an impression of the area and cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory, where it will serve as a guide, for making a permanent crown.

When the permanent crown comes back from the lab, your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 919-762-3239 to schedule an appointment.