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Your teeth are protected by a durable layer of tooth enamel. While it rivals the hardness of bone, there are still some things that can cause a dental fracture. This could include something as salient as a blow to the face during sports or something as innocuous as grinding your teeth at night without the protection of a quality dental guard.

The size, severity, and location of a dental fracture will largely determine the treatment method advocated by Dr. John F. Lann.

If the dental fracture is small and limited to the tooth enamel, he might be able to repair it with a composite or amalgam filling. A large dental fracture, or one in a critical location on the tooth, might require a total dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate durable material.

If you’re experiencing heightened sensitivity or pain, it likely means the dental fracture extends into the sensitive interior of the tooth. In a situation where the pulp or root of the tooth has been traumatized, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to treat the pain and restore the structural integrity of the tooth. Your dentist can then fit it for a standard crown.

If the fracture is minor yet located on a tooth in your smile, he might be able to cement a dental veneer in place or restore the tooth’s appearance with a porcelain dental crown.

If you live in the Round Rock, Texas, area and you’ve suffered a badly chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 512-255-1025 to seek professional treatment and restoration at our dental office.