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Certain bad habits, like using your teeth to open packaging, nibbling on foreign objects, or grinding your teeth when sleeping, can put you at increased risk of a dental fracture. The severity of these incidents can vary. Some might require simple first aid.

If you’ve got some blood or other unwanted material in your mouth you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm salt water. This can also help you get a clear look at the damage to the tooth.

If the fractured tooth causes heightened sensitivity, even after the trauma has passed, it potentially indicates that the damage has affected the sensitive interior of the tooth. In a case like this, you might need to have a root canal performed at Dr. Kenneth Pollary’s Colorado Springs, Colorado clinic.

A minor dental fracture, limited to just the tooth enamel layer, might not require such invasive methods to treat the problem. If it’s small and limited to a non-essential surface of the tooth, Dr. Kenneth Pollary might be able to repair it with a standard amalgam or composite filling.

However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to replace the tooth enamel layer with a crown.

If you live in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and you’ve suffered an oral trauma, you should not delay in calling 719-591-0750 to seek treatment with Dr. Kenneth Pollary.