What Happens to a Fractured Tooth?

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Were you aware that your tooth enamel is composed of a dense matrix of microscopic mineral crystals? This matrix gives your chompers the strength to handle basic functions, such as chewing food. However, there are some things that can cause a large chip or large fracture in a tooth. This is can occur if you constantly grind your teeth at night (bruxism) without the protection of a dental guard, and even if you have a bad habit of using your teeth as tools.

It is always wise to seek professional care for a fracture even if it doesn’t cause you discomfort or distress. The damaged tooth enamel could invite tooth decay.

If you have a more serious dental fracture that causes pain, this more than likely requires immediate first aid while you seek professional care at Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC.

The first thing you will want to do is to perform a visual inspection of the dental damage. If you have blood or other debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This can clear the area and soothe traumatized oral tissues.

Next, assess for any pain. Look for a sharp or persistent pain or severe sensitivity in the fractured tooth. This might mean that the damage extends to the pulp or root of the tooth. To treat a tooth in this state, Dr. Allen Rosenthal may perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth and form an abutment that will later anchor a crown in place.

If it is determined that the root sustained severe damage or if the structure of the tooth’s socket has been significantly compromised, Dr. Allen Rosenthal might recommend a complete dental extraction. Once your gums have sufficiently healed, your dentist can help you decide whether to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you are in the Stamford, Connecticut, area and you have suffered a painful dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 203-324-9239 to seek treatment at Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC.