Each of your teeth is covered in a strong outer layer of tooth enamel. This hard biological substance gives your teeth the necessary strength to chew the foods you eat. Yet there are still some things that can chip or fracture a tooth.
This could come in the form of an oral trauma from a sports injury, or something as simple as grinding your teeth while you sleep. People who crunch on nice, bite their nails, or chew on pencils and pens are at increased risk of suffering a fractured tooth.
The location and severity of the dental fracture will influence the necessary treatments Dr. Kevin Lacour recommends.
If a dental fracture is large or it compromises a critical surface of the tooth, Dr. Kevin Lacour might recommend restoring the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
If the fracture causes significant discomfort it might also call for Dr. Kevin Lacour to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structural integrity to anchor the dental crown in place.
If the damage is severe and the socket structure of the tooth has also been badly compromised the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed Dr. Kevin Lacour can help to restore the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.
If you live in the Lilburn, Georgia, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 770-921-6606 to seek timely treatment at Lacour Family Dentistry.