Dental fractures vary in source and severity. Athletes who participate in contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard and people who grind their teeth at night on a regular basis are at heightened risk of suffering a dental fracture. The severity of a dental fracture and its location on the tooth will directly influence the treatment or restoration method Dr. Christopher McGonigle advocates.
A minor dental fracture in a non-essential location of the tooth can still harbor tooth decay. Sometimes the cracked tooth can be repaired with a simple filling or a dental crown.
If the fracture causes discomfort or heightened sensitivity, it likely means the fracture has damaged some of the sensitive tissues inside the tooth. For a tooth in this condition, your dentist might need to perform a root canal. The tooth enamel layer can then be replaced by a dental crown.
If the damage is severe, the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed, Dr. Christopher McGonigle can help restore the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.
If you live in the Burlington, Massachusetts, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 781-272-2875 to seek timely treatment at Advanced Dental Care.