A fractured tooth can vary in severity depending on the size of the specific tooth, as well as the area of the fracture. While some dental fractures can cause persistent pain or sensitivity, others might not cause any immediate distress.
The severity of the fracture will largely determine the necessary treatment method that Dr. Debora Bolton advocates.
Sometimes Dr. Debora Bolton can repair a minor dental fracture by applying a simple dental filling. This will effectively seal the area to prevent a cavity from developing while also restoring the tooth’s ability to bite and chew food.
If the biting surface of a molar or premolar has been damaged Dr. Debora Bolton might recommend installing an inlay or onlay dental filling made from gold or dental grade porcelain.
Sometimes a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a dental filling. In these cases, Dr. Debora Bolton might recommend restoring the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown. If the internal structures of the tooth have been damaged, by the dental fracture Dr. Debora Bolton might need to also perform a root canal.
If you are in the Durham, North Carolina area and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should not delay in calling 919-381-5900 to seek treatment at Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS.