Athletic injuries that result in a blow to your mouth can sometimes create a chip or a fracture of a tooth. Tooth damage can also be caused by grinding your teeth and chewing objects or ice. If the fractured tooth causes immediate pain or severe sensitivity, you need to have it treated as soon as possible by our dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher. Even if the damage to the tooth enamel is minimal, you should still have it examined in a reasonable amount of time.
If for any reason, you can’t come in right away for an appointment at Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC, you might be able to minimize the sensitive exposure of the damaged tooth by gently applying some protective dental wax. This can help to secure the area from the shock of exposure to cold and hot things. Dental wax is a special type of wax that you can find in the oral care aisle of many stores. It has been formulated to not break down from the natural enzymes in your mouth.
During your appointment, the dentist will assess the severity of the damage to your tooth, and he also helping you understand your possible treatment options. This might call for a dental filling, a dental crown restoration, or treating the damaged tooth with a root canal.
If you are in the Colonial Heights, Virginia, area and you have a fractured or damaged tooth, you should call 804-526-0231 to have the tooth examined and treated at Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC.