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.