The enamel layer of each of your teeth is made up of a dense microscopic mineral crystal structure that is extremely hard. As hard as tooth enamel is there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or other accident can actually break off a piece or fracture enamel layer on one of your teeth.
While it’s natural for the initial trauma to cause pain, if a fractured tooth gives you lingering pain or sharp sensitivity issues, it most likely means that the fracture in the tooth extends deep into the pulp of the tooth. In a situation like this Andrew Henritze DDS might need to perform a root canal on the tooth to restore the damaged internal structures and replace the enamel layer with a crown.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t hurt you should still have Andrew Henritze DDS examine the tooth. The damaged area might make the tooth prone to tooth decay problems in the future. Sometimes the fractured tooth can be repaired with a simple filling.
If you have fractured tooth you need to contact Andrew Henritze DDS as soon as possible at (540) 989-6600 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.