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Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. More durable in fact that your bones. Unfortunately, there are still times when an accidental hard fall, a blow to the face can impart enough force to fracture tooth enamel. This is also possible if you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis.

Sometimes the fracture can be so severe that it damages the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms that the fracture penetrates deep into the tooth include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. Even if you don’t feel any pain, the fractured tooth, it could still pose additional problems when bacteria try to exploit the area, increasing your chances for tooth decay.

The bottom line is that any fractured or damaged tooth should be seen as a dental emergency warranting the quality care offered by the dental professionals at Foster Dental.

If you have any blood or debris from your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This will also give you a clear look at the fractured tooth.

If the fracture has damaged the internal structures of the tooth, Foster Dental might need to perform a root canal. If the damage is severe, it might need to be extracted and restored in the future with a bridge or a dental implant.

If the fracture is limited to the enamel layer, the dentist might simply be able to repair it with a basic filling.

If you have fractured tooth you need to call Foster Dental immediately at 718-673-8060 to schedule an appointment.