Sometimes an accident, hard fall, or blow to the face can actually impart enough force to crack one or more of your teeth. This often causes pain and distress. Even if the pain fades after the initial trauma it is still a good idea to have Greenwood Dental & Orthodontics examine the tooth.
Should the crack be limited to the shallow enamel layer of the tooth, we might be able to repair it with a simple filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If the crack extends down into the pulp and root of the tooth, more aggressive treatment options might be required.
Damage to the internal structures of the tooth, often requires a root canal, to remove the damaged structures and ease the pain. Then your Greenwood Dental & Orthodontics dentist will rebuild the extracted structures with a rubbery material known as gutta percha. This forms an abutment.
Once the damage has been addressed and the internal structure restored the remaining abutment will have the sufficient integrity to mount a crown. This will effectively restore the full function and appearance of the tooth for a long time to come.
If you have recently cracked a tooth or you are in pain, you should call Dr. Spartak Delakyan at 323-215-1400 to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.