While your tooth enamel is hard enough to bite off, chew and grind hard foods, there are times when an accidental blow to the face or a hard fall can carry enough force to fracture the enamel layer of a tooth. People who grind their teeth on a regular basis are also prone to develop fractures on their molars and premolars.
There was an obvious trauma, like a blow to the face, that caused the fracture, and you have blood or debris in your mouth from the accident, you can rinse your mouth clean with lukewarm salt water.
The severity of the fracture and pain associated with it will influence the treatment option Dr. Corey Johnson recommends.
If you experience a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth it probably means that the damage extends into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. To effectively treat a problem of this magnitude, Dr. Corey Johnson often needs to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures with a rubbery material called gutta percha, before the entire enamel layer of the tooth is replaced with a crown.
Even if the fracture is limited to just the enamel layer, Dr. Corey Johnson should still examine the tooth. Sometimes he might be able to repair it with a small filling. This might also be accompanied by a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to help strengthen the remaining enamel.
If you have a fractured tooth, or a damaged tooth that causing you pain, you should call Dr. Corey Johnson as soon as possible at 970-945-9119 to schedule an appointment.