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Sometimes something as simple as grinding your teeth at night or using your teeth to open a package can cause a chip on one of your teeth. In a more extreme case an accidental fall or sports injury could significantly fracture a tooth. In a situation like this, you might need to apply some basic first-aid measures while seeking treatment at Dr. Frederick M. Saigh’s dental clinic.

If you have blood or unwanted material in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might help soothe traumatized soft tissues in your mouth while also giving you a better view of the fractured tooth. Dr. Frederick M. Saigh might be able to repair a small dental fracture by applying a dental filling. However, a larger fracture might not have sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a dental filling.

To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Frederick M. Saigh might need to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown. This will use gold, a metallic alloy or dental porcelain to fully replicate the tooth enamel layer of the original tooth.

If the pulp, nerve, or root of the tooth was also traumatized Dr. Frederick M. Saigh might need to perform a root canal. This will involve removing the tooth enamel, as well as excising any other compromised structures before restoring sufficient structure to secure a dental crown. If one of your teeth has recently suffered a fracture, and you live in the Iron River, Michigan, area, you should call 906-265-0050 to seek professional treatment at Saigh Family Dental.