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Teeth are pretty tough. Think about how much they can chew, grind, and bite to aid you in eating. However, your teeth can be damaged by an accidental blow to the face while playing sports, any kind of hard fall, or other random incidents. In fact, there are instances in some dental office in this country that deal with a lot of people who have chipped teeth because they were headbutted by their dog!

No matter what causes your broken tooth, you need to have it addressed immediately. The severity of the fracture and pain associated with it will influence the treatment option Dr. Bertha Bravo recommends.

If you experience a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth it probably means that the damage extends into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. To effectively treat a problem of this magnitude, Dr. Bertha Bravo often needs to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures with a rubbery material called gutta percha, before the entire enamel layer of the tooth is replaced with a crown.

Even if the fracture is limited to just the enamel layer, Dr. Bertha Bravo should still examine the tooth. Sometimes she might be able to repair it with a small filling. This might also be accompanied by a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to help strengthen the remaining enamel.

It’s recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible following a broken, chipped, or fractured tooth. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to repair your problems.