While it is very rare, there are some types of oral trauma that can carry enough force to severely fracture or crack a tooth. This is even more likely to occur if you participate in a contact sport without wearing a quality mouthguard or if you have a tendency of using your teeth as tools. Should such an incident befall you, quality first aid can help reduce pain, prevent complications and improve your treatment options.
To that end, Dr. Eric Goldberg offers the following insights.
If the cracked tooth causes heightened sensitivity, it likely means the damage extends down into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to resolve the problem.
For a tooth that has been cleaved in half or otherwise severely damaged, your dentist might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed, he can help you understand your restoration options. The two most common methods are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.
If the crack is shallow and limited to just the tooth enamel, your dentist might be able to repair it with a standard dental filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to simply restore the tooth with a dental crown.
If you’ve recently suffered a cracked or severely damaged tooth in Exton, Pennsylvania, you should call 610-363-6181 to seek treatment at Eric Goldberg, DDS Family & General Dentistry.