The densely-packed microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel are what makes your teeth so hard and strong. While your teeth are designed to bite off or grind hard foods, there are times when an accidental blow to the face or a hard fall can impart enough force to crack the enamel layer of a tooth. This can be a very serious cause for concern. The depth of the crack and other trauma associated with the problem will influence the treatment option Shelly Ereth Barone will recommend to restore the tooth.
If the cracked tooth has a sharp or persistent pain that does not subside shortly after the accident, then it probably means that the damage extends into the dentin layer or possibly the root. The most effective way to restore a tooth in this condition is for Shelly Ereth Barone to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures with a rubbery material called gutta percha, before the entire enamel layer of the tooth is replaced with a crown.
Even if the crack in the enamel is limited to the enamel layer, and pain after the trauma subsides, you should still have Shelly Ereth Barone look at it to help you understand your treatment options. In some cases, the area can be repaired with a cosmetic bonding, filling, or a crown.
If you have cracked tooth you need to call Shelly Ereth Barone at 504-832-1164 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.