While it is rare, there are instances when an accident, blow to the face or other oral trauma can cause a significant dental fracture. When this happens, the damage to the oral tissues can sometimes be severe.
The severity of the crack or dental fracture will often determine the first-aid and professional treatment needed at Lodo Dental.
Immediately following the initial trauma, you should rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will clear away any blood or debris and give you a better look at the affected area. It might also help soothe any injured gum tissues.
If the damage to the root or socket of the tooth is severe, Dr. Nicole Furuta might advocate extracting the tooth. This will gradually alleviate the pain and prevent infection in the damaged tissues. Once your gums have healed, she can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth. This might call for the use of a dental bridge or a dental implant.
If the crack is limited to the tooth enamel, your dentist might be able to repair it with a standard filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to restore the tooth with a dental crown.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area and you have a tooth that has recently suffered significant dental trauma, you should call 303-623-5636 to seek professional care at Lodo Dental.