Sometimes an accidental blow to the mouth or a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects can exceed the structural integrity of your tooth enamel. At the same time, people who grind their teeth on a nightly basis without the protection of a quality dental guard are at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture.
In these moments, you might need to apply some basic first-aid to the fractured tooth while you seek professional care.
By using a simple rinse of lukewarm salt water, you can often help clear away blood and lingering debris from the mouth. This might also help to soothe injured soft tissues.
If you need help temporarily managing the pain, you might find some relief from taking a standard dose of an over-the-counter pain medication, or by rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the local gum tissues.
In a case where the damage to the tooth enamel is minimal, our doctor, Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian, might be able to treat the tooth by applying a standard dental filling. This often calls for removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to provide a consistent surface to which the filling material can bond.
More significant dental trauma might require our doctor to treat the tooth with a dental crown restoration or a root canal. Both of these treatment options will completely replace the tooth’s outer enamel layer with a material that can rival the strength of natural tooth enamel.
If you live in the San Antonio, Texas, area, and if you have just suffered a significant dental trauma, you should call 210-680-1550 and seek treatment from our team at Culebra North Dental Care.