Using a Root Canal to Restore a Severely Fractured Tooth

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Your tooth enamel is made up of a dense microscopic mineral crystal structure that is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are things like a fall or a blow to the face can cause a severe fracture in the enamel layer of one your teeth. Sometimes these fractures can go deep enough to cause significant damage to the root and other internal structures of the tooth.

To fully restore the tooth Dr. Stephen T. McInerney might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged internal structures before replacing the enamel layer with a crown.

The first step in the process involves Dr. Stephen T. McInerney examining the tooth, to assess the overall health and the extent of the damage.

Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will then drill down into the interior structure of the tooth removing any damaged material, and restoring the internal structure with a material known as gutta-percha. Then he will form an abutment that will later anchor a crown.

Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will then create an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental lab, where your new permanent crown is made. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment to keep it safe, while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.

When your new crown is ready Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a severely fractured tooth, or damaged tooth that is causing you pain, you need to call Dr. Stephen T. McInerney, as soon as possible at 248-540-9191 to schedule an appointment.