The microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel make it very strong. However, it’s not unheard of for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause cracks chips, or fractures in tooth enamel. Significant pain and sensitivity in a fractured tooth is a clear sign that the damage extends into the internal structures of the tooth and may have even compromised the root or nerve.
In a situation like this Endodontic Associates of Bayside will often recommend having the fractured tooth restored with endodontic therapy.
The first step of endodontic therapy involves Endodontic Associates of Bayside examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. In extreme cases, the tooth might need to be extracted.
The next step of endodontic therapy calls for removing all damaged enamel and other structures before forming an abutment out of a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.
When the lab has completed your permanent crown, Endodontic Associates of Bayside will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.
If you have a deeply fractured or cracked tooth that needs restoration, you need to call Endodontic Associates of Bayside at 718-224-4000 as soon as possible, to schedule an appointment.