Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard there are times when a hard fall or a blow to the face can severely fracture a tooth. This is even more likely if you have a habit of nibbling on pens and pencils, or you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis. In any case, the severity of the fracture will dictate the treatment and restoration options available to you.
If a fall or blow to the face has left you with blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse it 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 Dr. Ernesto Prida might be able to repair it with an ordinary filling. Without repair, the fractured enamel could easily invite tooth decay to set in.
If you experience pain or excess 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. Ernesto Prida will likely need to perform a root canal. Then the tooth enamel can be restored by installing a 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 fractured tooth, you should call Dr. Ernesto Prida’s Edinburg, Texas clinic at 956-627-3446 to explore your treatment options.