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Even though your tooth enamel is tough, there are still times when an accident or blow to the face can impart enough force to fracture a tooth. This is even more likely if you don’t use a quality mouthguard during rigorous athletics and contact sports.

Sometimes, a fracture can be small enough that it only breaks a small piece of the tooth enamel off. However, with more serious accidents, the trauma to the tooth can be so severe that it damages the vital internal structures of a tooth.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This will also give you the ability to examine the damage and it can even help soothe any injured gum tissues.

If the internal structures of the tooth are badly damaged, your dentist, Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS, might need to perform a root canal to extract the damaged tissues and restore them with a rubbery material called gutta percha. This will create enough structure to securely anchor a crown.

If the damage is extensive, then he might need to completely extract the tooth. After your gums have completely healed following the extraction, he will help you pick the best method of restoring the tooth. Two of the most common options are to mount a bridge on the two neighboring teeth or to receive a dental implant.

If you have a fractured tooth in Pasadena, California, that is causing you pain and distress, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Hansen Dental Care at 626-793-2273 to schedule an appointment.