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There are times when an accident, hard fall or blow to the face can carry enough force to crack a tooth. With most cracked teeth the damage is so severe that it compromises the internal structures of the tooth. The only way to eliminate pain and future complications is often for Margaret L. Romeo, DMD’s dentist to perform a root canal.

A root canal essentially calls for Margaret L. Romeo, DMD’s dentist to remove any and all damaged structures from the tooth, as well as the enamel layer. Once this is done they can rebuild the internal structure and integrity of the tooth with a special rubbery material called gutta percha.

This creates a small post like structure extending out from your gums, called an abutment. Later, this will serve as a secure anchor point for a permanent crown.

A crown is essentially a facsimile of the enamel layer of the previously cracked tooth, only it is made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloy. The material your dentist at Margaret L. Romeo, DMD recommends for your crown will be based on the tooth’s function in your mouth and its prevalence in your smile.

Your permanent crown will be made in a professional dental lab, where it is custom crafted to fit onto the abutment and match with any other related teeth in the area.

If you have just cracked a tooth, you need to call Margaret L. Romeo, DMD’s office in Macclenny, Florida at 904-259-5007 as soon as possible, to schedule an emergency appointment.