Your tooth enamel is made up from a microscopic structure of crystallized minerals. While this makes your teeth very strong it does not make them invulnerable to damage. Something like a blow to the face, a bad fall or even just grinding your teeth on a regular basis can sometimes cause a fracture in the enamel layer of one or more teeth
If you feel persistent pain in the fractured tooth, it probably means the damage extends down into the dentin layer of the tooth and might have even injured the root. This might require the dentist to perform a root canal and replace the enamel of the tooth with a crown.
If a fall or blow to the face causes bleeding in your mouth, you can rinse your mouth with a salt water rinse to clear the area. Try not to use antiseptic mouthwash as this can actually irritate injured gums.
Even if the fracture in the tooth only damaged the enamel layer, you should still have your dentist look at it before bacteria can cause tooth decay. In some cases, they might be able to repair it or seal it with a small filling. Afterward the dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. This can help strengthen the enamel to prevent future tooth decay to the damaged tooth.
If you have fractured tooth you should call us immediately at 281-487-2400 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you finding a fast and effective resolution to the problem.