Dental fractures come in a variety of forms and severity. While they can be caused by an oral trauma, such as a blow to the face, they could also be the result of chronic night grinding or a bad habit of using your teeth as tools. When this happens, the microscopic textures in the damaged tooth enamel could gradually trap bacterial matter, promoting tooth decay in the compromised tooth.
The severity and location of the dental fracture will influence the treatment method Dr. Stephen T. McInerney recommends at our Bingham Farms, Michigan, dental office.
A dental fracture limited to the enamel layer of the tooth might be repairable with a simple amalgam or composite filling. If the damage is on the biting surface of a molar or premolar, your dentist might use a large inlay or onlay filling.
If you experience pain or heightened sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the fracture has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth. In a case like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal. Then the tooth enamel can be restored by installing a dental crown.
In the case of severe dental fracture where the root of the tooth or the socket is badly damaged, your dentist might recommend a total dental extraction. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If you live in Bingham Farms, Michigan, and you’ve suffered a dental fracture, you should call 248-540-9191 to explore your treatment options at Root Canal Specialists, PC.