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Even though your teeth are made from a very hard enamel substance, there are times when an accident, dental emergency or blow to the face can impart enough force to severely damage a tooth. A broken, fractured or cracked tooth often includes damage to the internal structures of the tooth.

In extreme cases, the broken tooth might need to be extracted. However, it is just as likely that the broken tooth can be restored by a crown, through endodontic therapy.

Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, involves Dr. Stephen T. McInerney using a drill to remove any of the damage internal structures of the tooth, and restoring them with a material known as gutta percha.

Then he will form an abutment, that will eventually serve as an anchor point for a crown. At the end of the endodontic therapy session he will form an impression of the abutment, the neighboring teeth and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern.

This will be sent to a dental lab, where a custom made crown will be produced from either gold, base metals or porcelain. The material Dr. Stephen T. McInerney recommends for the crown will be based on the location of the tooth, its primary function and prevalence in your smile.

If you have a broken, fractured or cracked tooth that is causing you pain or other complications, you should not delay in calling Dr. Stephen T. McInerney at 248-540-9191 to schedule an appointment.