Even though your teeth are tough, there are still times when a hard blow to the face can crack or shatter a tooth. This is even more likely if you play contact sports without wearing a quality mouth guard. At other times, some habits as ordinary as grinding your teeth at night can actually cause a significant fracture.
The severity of the tooth fracture in St. Joseph, Missouri, will dictate the first-aid and treatment options that Dr. Michael Hollingsworth recommends.
Small fractures in a non-critical part of a tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic filling. If the fracture is significant but the interior of the tooth is healthy, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown.
Sometimes the fracture can be so severe that it damages the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms of this include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. In a case like this, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth might need to perform a root canal.
If you have a fracture on one of your teeth or are experiencing any kind of tooth pain, we invite you to call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788 to seek timely treatment and repair. We are always ready to help you restore and maintain your healthy smile!