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Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are occasions when an accident, hard fall, or blow to the face can actually fracture one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports with inadequate equipment, or not using your mouth guard. Sometimes these situations can have a significant amount of trauma associated with them.

I you feel a deep, sharp, or persistent pain, or even just increased sensitivity to heat and cold, it most likely means that the fracture has compromised or exposed some of the internal structure of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Cauleen Stepp might need to restore the tooth with a root canal and a crown. In severe cases the tooth might need to be completely extracted.

Even if the fracture doesn’t expose the internal structures of the tooth you should still have Dr. Cauleen Stepp examine the tooth. The damaged enamel makes the tooth prone to future issues with tooth decay. Sometimes the problem can be addressed with a simple filling, but in other cases it might require the entire enamel layer to be restored with a crown.

If the fractured tooth has been repaired with a filling, your Stepp Family Dentistry dentist might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to strengthen the remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.

If you have fractured tooth you should call Stepp Family Dentistry as soon as possible at 713-520-8400 to schedule an appointment.