Accidental blows to the mouth from sports injuries and accidents around the house can be a common source of dental fractures. When this happens, the depth of the damage to the tooth enamel and the affected location of the tooth can contribute to the level of pain your experience. This could also be associated with soft tissues damage in the area.
Even if the tooth in question isn’t causing any overt pain or sensitivity, you should still have it examined as soon as possible by our dentists. Without timely treatment, this new area of tooth decay could threaten the pulp and root of the tooth.
Even if you manage to brush the area clean to prevent a new cavity, the compromised structural integrity could lead to a more severe dental fracture. This could cause excessive pain and potentially lead to the loss of the tooth.
The severity and location of the dental fracture will influence the treatment plan that Dr. Teigen and Dr. Kirkpatrick develop.
A small dental fracture might be repairable with a simple dental filling. A more severe dental fracture might require our dentists to perform a root canal before completing a dental crown restoration.
If you have suffered a dental fracture on one of your teeth and you live in the Longview, Washington, area, you should call 360-425-8140 to have it examined and treated at Cascade Dental Care.