While the enamel of your teeth is very strong, there are still things like a blow to the face, grinding your teeth at night, or chewing on hard object that can cause one or more teeth to fracture. Fractures that are not repaired in a timely manner invite tooth decay and other problems. Even if you don’t experience any pain in a fractured tooth you should still call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to resolve the damage.
Pain in a fractured tooth usually means that the damage has exposed the sensitive dentin layer or damaged. Significant damage to these parts of the tooth often requires your dentist to perform a root canal and fit the tooth with a crown.
In some cases, the fracture might only be limited to the enamel layer and could possibly be repaired with a traditional filling or a cosmetic bonding procedure. Afterward the dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to help strengthen the enamel to prevent future tooth decay to the damaged tooth.
If you have fractured tooth you should call us immediately at (505) 863-8100 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you finding a fast and effective resolution to the problem.