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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is made from microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the hardness they need for biting, chewing, and grinding food. However, there are still things like an accidental hard fall, a blow to the face, or other scenarios, that can have enough concentrated force to fracture one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you play in contact sports without an adequate mouth guard, or you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis.

At first the trauma of the accident might be shocking and cause short term pain. If the initial pain subsides after a few minutes, it could mean the fracture is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

You can rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to clear any blood or debris from your mouth and give you a clear look at the fractured tooth.

If the fracture is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Glen Lockwood might be able to repair it with an ordinary filling.

If pain persists or you experience excess sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the fracture affects the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Even if you don’t feel any pain, the fracture in the tooth could still pose additional problems with tooth decay and future sensitivity issues.

If the fracture extends into the sensitive interior structures of the tooth Dr. Glen Lockwood will likely need to perform a root canal. If the damage is severe, it might need to be extracted and restored in the future with a bridge or a dental implant.

If you have fractured tooth, you should call Kenai Dental Clinic at 907-885-0444 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.