The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very strong. At the same time, it’s not unheard-of for an accidental hard fall or a blow to the face to impart enough force to cause cracks, chips, or fractures that extend deep into the tooth. Severe damage to the interior of the tooth can cause pain and eventual tooth loss.
In a situation like this Dr. Bruce Hutchison will often recommend having the severely damaged tooth restored with a root canal procedure.
The first step in restoring the tooth with a root canal calls for Dr. Bruce Hutchison to perform a thorough examination, including X-rays to assess the extent of the damage.
Dr. Bruce Hutchison will then remove all of the damaged enamel and compromised internal structure before forming an abutment out of a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. Then he will form an impression of the abutment. This will be sent to a dental lab where a permanent crown will be crafted from either gold, base metals or porcelain.
Finally, our dentist will cover the abutment with a hard plastic temporary crown to protect it while the dental lab completes your new crown. When the lab has completed your permanent crown, we will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.
If you have a deeply fractured or cracked tooth and you would like to explore your restoration options, you should call Smiles for Centreville at 703-830-9110 to schedule an appointment.