Sometimes chips and fractures only affect the tooth enamel. However, there are cases when a severe blow to the face has caused so much damage that part of the internal structures of the tooth are lost. In a situation like this, your dentist might be able to restore the tooth by performing a root canal.
This involves using a drill to remove any of the damage internal structures of the tooth, as well as the enamel layer. The core of the tooth is then rebuilt with a material known as gutta percha.
This artificial core, called an abutment will eventually serve as an anchor point for a crown. Your endodontist will then form an impression of the abutment, which also includes the relationship to the surrounding teeth and 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 used will be based on the location of the tooth, its primary function in your mouth and prevalence in your smile.
When the new crown is ready, we will call you back in to have it installed onto the abutment. This will restore the full function and appearance of your damaged tooth for many years to come.
If you have a badly damaged tooth, you should call Transcend Dental’s offices in Royersford, Pennsylvania at 484.369.8625 to explore your treatment and restoration options.