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Oral trauma from a household fall or other accidental blow to the mouth can sometimes impact with enough force to badly chip or fracture a tooth. Even if the damage to the natural tooth enamel doesn’t cause immediate sensitivity or lingering discomfort, the tooth could still be susceptible to future complications.

Over time the aberrant textures of the fractured tooth enamel could start to passively trap bacterial deposits. Without timely treatment this could lead to a severe case of tooth decay in the already compromised area.

It’s also worth noting that many fractured teeth also have compromised structural integrity. What might seem like insignificant damage at first could lead to a severe dental fracture in the future.

If you have recently chipped or fractured a tooth, the wisest course of action is to have it examined and treated by our dentist. After a thorough examination to ascertain the health and strength of the tooth, Dr. Vitaly Friedman will explain your treatment options.

In many cases where the patient has suffered a significant dental fracture, a dental crown restoration is needed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer. When it’s ready you’ll need to return for a second appointment to have it cemented in place onto an abutment prepared from the healthy core of the tooth.

If you live in the Basking Ridge, New Jersey, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you shouldn’t delay in calling (908) 604-5959 to have it examined and treated at 21st Century Dental Care.