If you grind your teeth at night without the protection of a dental guard or if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects, you are at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture. At the same time, athletes in contact sports that disdain the use of a mouth guard are also at risk of suffering damage to one or more teeth.
The location and severity of the dental fracture, as well as the tooth’s primary function in your mouth, will influence the treatment and restoration method our dentist advocates.
A chip, or seemingly insignificant dental fracture in a non-essential location, can still come to harbor tooth decay. So it’s wise to have Dr. Troy L. Sargent accurately diagnose and repair it, to prevent undue complications. Sometimes, this can be as simple as applying an amalgam or composite-resin filling.
In a case where the fracture is large, or if it effects a critical surface of the tooth, our dentist might recommend a total crown restoration.
If the fracture causes discomfort or heightened sensitivity, it likely means the fracture has damaged some of the sensitive tissues inside the tooth. For a tooth in this condition, we might need to perform a root canal. Once the internal structures of the tooth have been restored, the entire tooth enamel layer can be replaced by a crown.
If the damage is severe, the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed, our dental restoration specialists can help to restore the tooth by either installing a bridge or a dental implant.
If you live in the Magna, Utah, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 801-250-0668 to seek timely treatment at Oquirrh Dental.