The densely-packed microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel are what makes your teeth so hard and strong. While your teeth are designed to bite off or grind hard foods, there are times when an accidental blow to the face or a hard fall can impart 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.
If the fracture was caused by a traumatic event and you have blood or debris in your mouth from the accident, you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water.
The depth of the fracture and other trauma associated with the problem will influence the treatment option Dr. Hector Menendez will recommend to restore the tooth.
If the fractured tooth has a sharp or persistent pain that does not subside shortly after the accident, then it probably means that the damage extends into the dentin layer or possibly the root. The most effective way to restore a tooth in this condition is for Dr. Hector Menendez 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, you should still have Dr. Hector Menendez address the problem before tooth decay can set in. 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, you need to call Dr. Hector Menendez as soon as possible at 732-937-9595 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.