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Your teeth have been designed to be hard enough to bite, chew and grind most normal foods. Unfortunately, there are still some instances when unnatural forces can cause a large chip or fracture in a tooth. This could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face or something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night. The severity of the fracture will dictate the first-aid and treatment options that your dentist, Dr. Jody W. Adams, recommends.

Small fractures in a non-critical part of a tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling. If the fracture is significant but the interior structure of the tooth is healthy, Dr. Jody W. Adams might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

There are some cases when the fracture can be so severe that it damages the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms of this include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. In a case like this, Dr. Jody W. Adams might need to perform a root canal.

If the fracture has caused severe damage to the root and socket of the tooth, it might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you’d like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you have a fracture on one of your teeth, you should call Smile 2 Heart Dental at 435.723.6120 to seek timely treatment and repair.