Oral trauma can sometimes damage tooth enamel as well as the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Even if the damage is limited to a single tooth, you might still need to apply some basic first-aid while seeking professional treatment at a dental office like Family Dental Care of Dothan.
This could call for rinsing your mouth with a little lukewarm salt water to clear away any debris or lingering blood. If you’re experiencing significant pain you might find temporary relief by taking a standard dose of an over the counter pain medicine, or by gently rubbing topical oral analgesic on the local gum tissues.
The severity of the fracture will largely determine the treatment plan advocated by Dr. Keith Blackmon and his team.
Dr. Keith Blackmon might be able to repair a minor dental fracture by installing a dental filling made from metallic amalgam or composite resin. 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 he might recommend installing an inlay or onlay dental filling made from gold or porcelain-ceramic.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been damaged or the structural integrity of the tooth is at risk he might recommend a dental crown restoration. If the internal structures of the tooth have been damaged, by the dental fracture Dr. Keith Blackmon might need to also perform a root canal.
If you are in the Dothan, Alabama area and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should not delay in calling 334-792-5711 to seek treatment at Family Dental Care of Dothan.