Your tooth enamel gets its incredible strength from a microscopic matrix of mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength and durability to bite and chew common foods. While it is somewhat rare, there are things that can still crack a tooth. While it could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face, other things like grinding your teeth or nibbling on foreign objects can also lead to fractures in tooth enamel. The severity of the fracture will determine the first-aid and treatment methods called for.
If a fall or blow to the face has left you with blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm water. This can also help you get a clear look at the situation.
If the fracture is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley, might be able to repair it with an ordinary dental filling. Without repair, the fractured enamel could easily invite tooth decay to set in.
If you experience pain or heightened sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the fracture has penetrated the sensitive dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley will likely need to perform a root canal. Then the tooth enamel can be restored by installing a dental crown.
If the damage is severe, the tooth might need to be extracted and restored in the future with a bridge or a dental implant.
If you have a fractured tooth in Casselberry, Florida, you should call Bright Smiles Dental at 407-628-1066 to understand your treatment options.