The enamel layer on your teeth is very hard. This is what allows you to bite and chew hard or tough foods. However, there are instances when you might suffer a bad fall, blow to the face or other accident that applies enough force to one of your teeth that it breaks, cracks or fractures.
Once the initial trauma has passed, you need to assess the situation. If there’s blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with a little lukewarm saltwater. You can then look in the mirror to assess the extent of the damage.
If the pain does not subside after the initial trauma has passed, or if you experience extreme sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that you have damaged the internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand, might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to the tooth to secure a crown.
It is also possible that the damage is so extreme that the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed following extraction, our Preston Hollow Specialists team can help you better understand your restoration options.
If you have recently cracked, fractured, or broken a tooth in Dallas, Texas, and you are in serious pain, you need to call Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand at 214-691-5621 for immediate treatment.