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A tooth that has been severely fractured by a fall or blow to the face, can cause a lot of pain and compromise the function of your mouth. Even though there might not be any tooth decay in the damaged tooth it still has the potential to cause some serious problems for your oral health.

A root canal also known as endodontic therapy is a procedure designed to repair the internal structure of a badly damaged tooth, and restore its full function in your mouth.

There are two stages involved in a root canal. The first procedure involved a dentist or endodontist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps them determine the extent of the damage and make sure no decay has set into the root.

They will then remove the damaged enamel to gain access to the root. The tooth’s internal structure and root is then replaced with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This forms an abutment that they can later use to anchor a crown.

Next, they take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.

When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 773-947-4665 to schedule an appointment.