Your teeth are anchored in their sockets by the roots and a series of strong periodontal ligaments. If a blow to the face or other dental accident carries enough force to seemingly knock a tooth out, the trauma is often severe. In most cases, the knocked-out tooth cannot be saved. However, if enough of the otherwise healthy root remains in the socket, your dentist, Dr. Indra Quagliata, might be able to restore the tooth with a root canal.
This involves removing all damaged structures with a drill. Then, she will rebuild the internal structures of the tooth with a rubbery dental material called gutta percha. This will form a post-like abutment that will anchor an eventual dental crown.
Dr. Indra Quagliata will then take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab to serve as a guide for the lab technicians while they custom craft your crown. The material Dr. Indra Quagliata recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its visibility in your smile.
When your new crown is ready, Dr. Indra Quagliata will call you back in to cement it onto the abutment. This will fully restore the presence and function of the previously knocked-out tooth for many years to come.
If you’ve just suffered a knocked-out tooth and you’re interested in a root canal in Rochester, New York, you should call 585-475-0140 to seek immediate treatment at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.