By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
October 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do you need to repair a broken tooth? Root canal therapy performed by your Suwanee and Lawrenceville, GA, dentists, Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland, will help you protect and restore your damaged tooth.

When teeth break

No one ever plans to have a broken tooth. Your smile may be perfectly healthy one day, then completely changed by a broken tooth the next. Teeth can break due to a blow to the face or biting into hard food. Grinding your teeth at night or opening a package with your teeth can also cause breaks. If you have a crack in your tooth, or the tooth has become weak, you're more likely to develop a break.

Broken teeth detract from your appearance, make biting difficult, and can be very painful. Fortunately, root canal therapy performed at the Suwanee or Lawrenceville, GA, dental office, can improve the appearance and function of your broken tooth.

How a root canal can help your tooth

Adding a crown to your broken tooth will restore its normal height and width. Crowns, restorations that cover the tops of teeth, are made from a mold of your mouth to ensure that your tooth repair looks completely natural.

Normally, your tooth supports the crown. If you've broken your tooth, you may lack the healthy tooth structure needed for adequate support. If that's the case, you'll need a root canal.

Root canal therapy involves removing the soft pulp at the center of your tooth and replacing it with a rubber-based filling. During the procedure, a small post is added to the tooth to strengthen and stabilize the tooth and your new crown. Your dentist places a material called composite resin around the core to build up the tooth. Hardening the resin with a curing light provides a secure, stable foundation for your crown. After the post and core process, your crown will be cemented onto your tooth. You'll notice a significant improvement when you look in the mirror and will be to bite and chew normally once again.

Could a root canal improve your oral health? Schedule an appointment with your dentists in Suwanee and Lawrenceville, GA, Dr. McCoy, and Dr. Copeland. Call (770) 963-2424 for the Lawrenceville office or (678) 269-4910 for the Lawrenceville office.