When a tooth is chipped or fractured, the damage might be limited to the tooth’s enamel layer. This is more likely to occur with people who play contact sports or who grind their teeth at night on a frequent basis. However, bad oral habits like chewing on pens or on ice can damage your teeth.
Even if the compromised tooth isn’t initially painful or sensitive, you should still have it examined as soon as possible by our dentist, Dr. Hope Still. Without treatment, the damaged area could develop tooth decay, or it could be at increased risk of suffering a more severe fracture. This could cause excessive pain and potentially lead to the loss of the tooth.
The severity and location of the fracture in the tooth will determine the treatment plan recommended by the dentist.
The dentist may be able to repair a minor dental fracture or chip with a metal amalgam or a composite dental filling. If the damage is on the chewing surface of a molar or premolar she might advocate installing an inlay or onlay filling.
A more severe dental fracture might require the dentist to perform a dental crown restoration. If the internal structures of the tooth have also been traumatized she might need to do this in conjunction with a root canal.
If you have suffered a dental fracture on one of your teeth and you live in the Dallas, Georgia, area, we invite you to call 770-505-4746, and have it examined and treated at Family Smiles Dental.