A dental fracture can result from a wide range of sources. It could be caused by something as traumatic as a sports injury or something as banal as grinding your teeth at night. They can vary in severity and the treatment methods needed to restore the tooth’s full integrity.
Even if you aren’t in immediate pain or experiencing increased sensitivity, you should still have the fractured tooth examined by the dentists at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS’s Chatham, New Jersey clinic. In time, the compromised area of tooth enamel could eventually come to trap bacterial residue, promoting tooth decay to form.
A small fracture can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling. If the damage is significant, yet the interior of the tooth is healthy, we might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a crown.
If the fracture is severe and damages the critical interior structures of the tooth, more invasive treatment methods might be needed. In a case like this, our dentists might need to perform a root canal.
If the fracture severely damaged the interior of the tooth or an oral trauma caused significant damage to the socket, we might advocate a dental extraction. Once your gums have healed, our dentists can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a bridge or dental implant.
If you live in the Chatham, New Jersey area and you have suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 973.635.9456 to seek professional dental care at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS’s clinic.