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.