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While tooth enamel is very hard, there are still things that can cause chips and fractures. While some fractures are caused by something as obvious as a blow to the face or a hard fall, there can also be other mundane causes. It’s not uncommon for a fracture or large chip to occur on a tooth as a result of grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.

The size, depth and severity of the fracture will dictate the treatment and repair options Dr. Corey Johnson recommends.

If the fracture was caused by a traumatic event, and you have blood or debris in your mouth from the accident, you can gently rinse your mouth clean with lukewarm salt water. Any other cleaning should be left to Dr. Corey Johnson.

If you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth it most likely means that the damage has compromised the pulp or root of the tooth. If this is the case, Dr. Corey Johnson will likely need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged structures and form the abutment to anchor a crown.

Even if the fracture is limited to the tooth enamel, Dr. Corey Johnson will still need to repair it before tooth decay has a chance to set in. In some cases, he might be able to repair it with a basic filling. This might also be accompanied by a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to help strengthen the surrounding enamel.

If you have a fractured or badly chipped tooth, you should call Dr. Corey Johnson’s office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at 970-945-9119 to explore your treatment and repair options.