Broken tooth (Permanent Tooth)

IN KEENE, NH

A chipped tooth into enamel or dentin is common. 

Be sure to look for nerve exposure (appearance of a red dot).

No nerve exposure:

Keep the tooth clean to prevent plaque build-up.  Smearing fluoride toothpaste onto exposed dentin can help decrease sensitivity.  Schedule a visit with us; typical treatment involves a white restoration to cover the area where the tooth broke off.

Nerve exposure noted:

It is best to cover the area of exposed nerve ASAP.  Please call us or report to the ER.  Typical treatment involves disinfection and covering the exposed nerve with a particular medicament (calcium hydroxide). 

HERE'S WHAT THE DOC SAYS...

We are always looking for the least invasive option to achieve dental health. A crown might become the best option if the patient has a lot of decay, abnormal formation of the tooth, pediatric root canal, or extreme sensitivity. If this is the case, I through options with the parents. Often I suggest a stainless steel crown which is durable and pre-formed in order to make the treatment process easier on the child.

-Dr. Jonny

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