Your teeth are designed to be hard enough to bite and chew most hard and tough foods. However, there are still times when a blow to the face or something like grinding your teeth or using your teeth as tools can crack tooth enamel. When this happens, the severity of the crack will determine the necessary first-aid and treatment methods.
If a blow to the face has left blood and other debris in your mouth, you should gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Not only will this gently clear the area, but it can also help soothe traumatized oral tissues.
If the crack merely damages the tooth enamel, your dentist, Dr. Neil Dhillon, might only need to restore the tooth with a dental crown. If you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the cracked tooth, it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Neil Dhillon will likely need to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth and form an abutment that will later anchor a crown in place.
If the crack has severely damaged the root or the tooth’s socket, Dr. Neil Dhillon might need to completely extract the tooth. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide whether to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If you have cracked tooth in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, you should not delay in calling Complete Care Dental at 610.833.1919 for urgent treatment.