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Certain bad habits such as using your teeth to open packaging, nibbling on foreign objects, or bruxism can place you at risk of a dental fracture. These incidents’ severity can vary. If it is truly a fracture, however, it will need professional attention from Dr. Rebecca Barfield.

If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth, rinse it away with a small glass of water mixed with a tsp of salt. This rinse can also help you get a clear look at the damage to the tooth.

If the fractured tooth creates heightened sensitivity–even after the trauma has passed–it may indicate that the damage affected the sensitive interior of the tooth. In such a case as this, you may need to have a root canal.

A minor dental fracture that is limited to only the outermost layer of your teeth might not require such invasive methods to treat the problem. In this case, Dr. Rebecca Barfield might be able to repair it with a standard amalgam or composite filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been broken, then the best course of action may be to replace the tooth enamel layer with a crown.

Dr. Rebecca Barfield will be able to tell you the best solution for your tooth. If you live in the Little Rock, Arkansas area and you’ve suffered an oral trauma, you should not delay in calling 501.228.6360 for emergency treatment.