Dental fractures come in different forms and degrees of severity. Minor dental fractures can sometimes be caused by a bad habit of using your teeth as tools or nibbling on pens and pencils. People who struggle with chronic night grinding without the protection of a dental guard are also at increased risk.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause you immediate distress or heightened sensitivity, you should still avoid procrastinating professional care at Mountainside Family Dental. As time goes by, the fracture could harbor bacterial residue, promoting tooth decay.
A small fracture in a non-critical area of a tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling. If the fracture is large but the interior of the tooth is healthy, Dr. Jared Mayer might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown.
Some tooth fractures can be so severe that it damages the pulp or root of the tooth. Some common symptoms of this include: a persistent ache, sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity. In a case like this, Dr. Jared Mayer might need to perform a root canal. Once this has been completed, he can fit the tooth for a crown made from either porcelain, gold, or base metals.
If you live in the Phoenix, AZ, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 480-359-1473 to seek treatment and repair at Mountainside Family Dental.