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While the enamel layer of each tooth is very hard and durable, it is still possible for an accidental fall or blow to the face to have enough force to break a tooth! When this happens the damage often extends deep into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth.

This might require Powell Boulevard Dental to perform a root canal to repair the internal damage. Even if the damage is limited to the enamel layer, you should still have us examine it to prevent future tooth decay issues in the compromised enamel.

The process starts with your dentist will examining the tooth, and taking X-rays. This helps to assess the overall health and integrity of the internal structures of the tooth. If the sensitive interior structures of the tooth have indeed been damaged, they might need to first perform a root canal to restore sufficient structure to anchor a crown.

Your dentist will then create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. This abutment will eventually provide a strong anchor to secure your crown in place. Finally, an impression is made and the abutment will have a hard plastic temporary crown cemented in place over it. The impression will be sent to our dental lab where your permanent crown is made.

After the lab has completed your crown, Powell Boulevard Dental will call you back in for a brief second appointment. The dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown in place.

If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you should call Powell Boulevard Dental at 503-235-7181 as soon as possible, to schedule an appointment.