A Dental Fracture Needs Timely Repair to Prevent a New Cavity

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Suffering a dental fracture or large chip in a tooth can be a serious cause for concern. Even if the damage to the tooth enamel doesn’t expose the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth, it could still come to trap bacterial-rich material. As time goes by, this could allow a new area of tooth decay to form within the tooth.

If the fracture is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Bijan Ahmadzadeh might be able to repair it with a simple amalgam or composite filling. If the damage is on the biting surface of a molar or premolar, he might use a large inlay or onlay filling.

If you experience pain or heightened sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the fracture has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth.  In a situation like this, Dr. Bijan Ahmadzadeh will likely need to perform a root canal. Then the tooth enamel can be restored by installing a dental crown.

In the case of severe dental fracture where the root of the tooth or the socket is badly damaged, Dr. Bijan Ahmadzadeh might recommend a total dental extraction. Once your gums have healed, he can then help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you have recently suffered a dental fracture in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, you should call Ariel Dental at 570-689-2449 to understand your treatment options.