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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard. This is what allows you to bite off and chew tough foods like nuts, beef jerky and apples. Unfortunately, there are also times when something like a hard fall or blow to the face, can impact with such force that it cracks, shatters or otherwise breaks the tooth. A trauma like this, almost always needs immediate first aid and urgent treatment.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth from a blow to the face, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This will also help to soothe injured gums and give you a better view of the broken tooth.

If the pain does not subside after the initial trauma has passed, or you experience extreme sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the damage extends deep into the tooth. In a situation like this a Hansen Dental Care dentist might need to perform a root canal. Once the structure of the tooth has been restored we can go about the process of fitting it for a standard crown.

If the damage to the tooth is severe, we might recommend having the tooth completely extracted. Once your gums have healed, we can help you choose whether you would like to restore the tooth with a bridge or a dental implant.

If you have recently cracked, fractured, or broken a tooth, you should seek immediate treatment by calling Hansen Dental Care’s Pasadena, California clinic at 626-793-2273 to make an emergency appointment.