Broken Tooth Treatment In Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
While you may already be very much aware that you need to come in regularly for routine exams and cleanings there are certain situations that could also arise in which you will need to come in right away for emergency dental care at our Midtown East , Manhattan dental office. One such emergency is if you find yourself dealing with a broken tooth.
While tooth enamel is amazingly strong and durable, it can still become damaged. The bad news about tooth enamel is that it won’t grow back or repair itself. The good news is that an emergency dentist will know exactly how to handle the issue.
What Causes A Broken Tooth?
There are many scenarios in which you may end up dealing with a broken or fractured tooth. Maybe you were hit in the face while in the heat of the game or perhaps you crunched down on something that was a bit too hard for your tooth to handle. Just keep in mind that not all teeth have to hurt for them to be fractured or broken, even though some people may notice intermittent or persistent pain. You may only notice pain when chewing or biting down on the damaged tooth.
In most cases, you will be able to feel the fracture or break with your tongue. The tooth may feel pointed, rough, ragged or even sharp. If enough of the tooth has been broken you may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold. Just remember, that you won’t be able to treat this problem on your own. You will need to visit your Midtown East, Manhattan emergency dentist right away. At Emergency Dental Center we are highly trained to handle all of your dental emergencies.
When you come into our emergency dental office in Midtown East, Manhattan, we will need to determine the cause of the break (e.g. direct trauma; decay). We will also need to run X-rays to check the health of the tooth’s nerve (e.g. dental pulp). If the nerve has been damaged in any way, then root canal therapy will be highly recommended and a dental crown will usually be placed over the tooth to restore it after treatment. Of course, the treatment we choose will depend on the severity of the damage.
In those with minor cracks, which only affect the look of the tooth more than the actual function, a light buffing or polishing may be all that’s needed to smooth away any little, jagged areas. Only in serious cases where the crack or break goes beyond the gum line is the tooth considered irreparable and will need to be extracted and replaced.
Of course, time is of the essence when dealing with a dental emergency. We know how stressful it can be to deal with a broken tooth, but our highly trained and compassionate dental experts are here to help when you need it most.
Do you have a Broken Tooth?
Emergency Dental Center in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY can help.
Call us at (646) 992-0930 today!