When a tooth is avulsed or knocked out by a blow to the face or other oral accident, the trauma to the tooth is often severe. In most cases, the root and any remnants of the tooth need to be completely extracted. However, if the tooth is broken off and a significant amount of the healthy root remains undamaged, your endodontist, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney, might be able to restore it with endodontic therapy.
Often referred to as a root canal, this treatment strategy is designed to restore the internal structure of the tooth with a special dental material known as gutta percha. This will create an abutment strong enough to anchor a dental crown made from either gold, porcelain, or an alloy of base metals.
Before this can be done, any damaged structures remaining from the avulsed or damaged tooth will need to be removed and rebuilt. Then, your endodontist will fully form the abutment around the remaining healthy structures of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be taken of the abutment, surrounding teeth, and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab where the final crown will be meticulously crafted.
To protect the abutment core of the tooth, we will cement a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. This will keep the restored abutment safe while you wait.
When your new crown is ready, we will call you back in to have it cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have just had a tooth knocked out or badly damaged, you should not delay in calling 248-540-9191 to have it treated at Root Canal Specialists, PC with endodontic therapy in Bingham Farms, Michigan.