The microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel can be very dense. This gives your teeth the durability to chew very hard foods. Unfortunately, there are times when something like a blow to the face or a fall can fracture this enamel layer.
If a fall or blow to the face causes bleeding in your mouth, you can rinse your mouth with a salt water rinse to clear the area. Try not to use antiseptic mouthwash as this can actually irritate injured gums.
In some situations, the fracture might be so deep and severe that it damages the root of the tooth. If this is the case, you will usually feel a persistent pain and extreme sensitivity to heat and cold. This often require your dentist to perform a root canal to repair the damaged root before replacing the enamel of the tooth with a crown.
Even if the fracture only affects the enamel layer, you should still have your dentist look at it before the area is exploited by tooth decay. Sometimes they can repair the area with a simple filling. However, if the fracture goes deep enough that it poses future risk to the pulp of the tooth, they might recommend restoring the tooth with a crown.
If you have fractured tooth you should call us immediately at 252.355.4070 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you finding a fast and effective resolution to the problem.