Tooth enamel is comprised of a dense substance of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength to handle their daily duties of biting and chewing food. Undoubtedly, there are some things that can cause a big chip or fracture in a tooth. This could arise from something like grinding your teeth at night without wearing a dental guard, or using your teeth as if they were tools.
You should get professional dental care for a fracture even if it is not causing you discomfort. The damaged tooth enamel could eventually invite an area of tooth decay to develop. When this happens, the bacterial presence in the compromised enamel could quickly spread to the sensitive interior tissues of the tooth.
A more serious dental fracture, from a strong oral trauma generally requires immediate first aid, while you seek dental care at Dr. Kyle M. Triggs’s Anchorage, Alaska clinic.
Inspect the severity of the damage, and if you have blood or other foreign matter in your mouth, rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This will help clear the area while also helping to soothe distressed oral tissue.
Should you experience a sharp or persistent pain, or increased sensitivity in the fractured tooth, it could mean the damage extends into the pulp, root, or nerve. Dr. Kyle M. Triggs may need to perform a root canal to treat a tooth with this level of damage. This means replacing the damaged internal tissues of the tooth, and forming an abutment to provide an anchor for a new crown.
If the root or the structure of the tooth’s socket has been severely damaged or compromised, Dr. Kyle M. Triggs may suggest a complete dental extraction. After your gums have healed, he will help you select the appropriate dental restoration.
If you are in the Anchorage, Alaska area and you have suffered a painful dental fracture, you should not delay in calling 907-562-2284 to seek treatment with Dr. Kyle M. Triggs. We will be happy to provide the dental service your smile needs.