Treatment of Dental Injuries

Treatment of Dental Injuries

We have the information you need to help you find the correct and affordable treatment plan for any oral and dental injuries. If you are experiencing any sort of discomfort due to sensitivity of your teeth or mouth, call our office immediately. We will be able to set you up with our next available appointment and help solve the problem and find you the relief you need. Don’t let your pain go untreated. Dr. Himelhoch is here to help prevent you from further injury to your mouth and teeth, and achieve the healthy looking smile you’ve always dreamed.

Treatment of Fractured Teeth

If your child from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding area has chipped, cracked, or lost a tooth due to injury, the first thing to do is stay calm. Give our office a call immediately so we can help you determine the type of treatment necessary. We will also inform you of what you should do at home to help treat the injured tooth before you come to our office. A fractured tooth is one of the most common dental injuries. Most fractured teeth can be fixed by reattaching the broken piece of the tooth enamel or by bonding with a filling or crown. Call us immediately so we can treat the tooth and prevent any further injury.

Treatment for a fractured tooth depends on the severity of the injury. During your visit, Dr. Himelhoch will be able to discuss the best treatment option for you.

Types of Fractured Teeth:

  • Small fracture: If the fracture is very small, treatment is minimal—The tooth may only need to be smoothed over and polished
  • Medium fracture: If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off it can sometimes be reattached through a special bonding process. If the broken piece cannot be found or is too damaged to be reattached, composite bonding (use of white filling material) can usually be used to restore the tooth’s size and appearance.
  • Large fracture: If the fracture exposes the nerve of the tooth, chances are you’ll need more extensive treatment.

Preventing Fractured Teeth in the Future:

We encourage our patients to always brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day, helping to keep teeth bones healthy and strong.

Although fractures teeth are not completely preventable, here are a few easy go to steps you can use at home to help prevent fractured teeth:

  • Avoid chewing hard objects (such as ice, un-popped popcorn kernels, or pen tops)
  • Don’t clench or grind your teeth – If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a retainer or other mouth guard to protect your teeth.
  • Wear a mouth guard or protective mask when playing contact sports.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch