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Your tooth enamel is made up of a densely packed microscopic mineral crystals that give your teeth the strength and durability to bite, chew, and grind all kinds of foods. While your teeth are very hard, there are rare instances when a fall of blow to the face can fracture part of a tooth. This is made more likely if you tend to grind your teeth at night while you sleep or participate in contact sports.

If you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the tooth after the initial trauma has subsided, or you experience severe sensitivity issues, it likely means the fracture has penetrated through the enamel layer to the sensitive interior or the tooth. When this happens, the inner layers of the tooth are made susceptible to infection and decay.

If the fracture has damaged the interior of the tooth, your Midlothian Dental Arts dentist might need to perform a root canal. In an extreme situation the cracked tooth might need to be extracted and restored at a later date. If the fracture is limited to the enamel layer, the dentist might simply be able to repair it with a basic filling. In either case, prompt treatment is always best.

If you have fractured tooth, especially if it is causing you pain, you should call Midlothian Dental Arts at 804-419-5155 to schedule an appointment.