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Your teeth are tough enough to bite, chew and grind most normal foods. However, there are some rare instances when something like a hard blow to the face or an accidental fall can severely fracture, crack or shatter a tooth.

The severity of the damage to the tooth will determine the course of treatment your dentist, Dr. McFatter, recommends. To assess the situation, you’ll need to get a clear look at the tooth. If there are blood and debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If the fracture is limited to the tooth enamel, then Dr. McFatter might be able to repair it with a standard dental filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to restore the tooth with a dental crown.

If the cracked tooth causes a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity, it likely means the damage extends down into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. McFatter might need to perform a root canal to resolve the problem.

If the crack is extreme or if the tooth has completely split, he might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed, he can help you understand your replacement options. The two most common methods are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If one or more of your teeth have been fractured, cracked or otherwise damaged, you should not delay in calling Beachton Denture Clinic and Dental Center at 1-800-521-7275 to seek immediate restorative treatment in Thomasville, Georgia.