As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still times when a blow to the face or an accidental fall can actually crack a tooth. This is even more likely to happen if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a high quality or custom mouth guard.
How severely the tooth is cracked will determine the course of treatment and restoration that our dentist, David J. Harsant, DDS, will recommend. If the tooth is severely cracked or broken in two, he may need to extract the tooth. Once your gums have completely healed Dr. Harsant can help you explore your options for restoring the tooth. One of the best ways to do this is by having a dental implant and crown done.
Dr. Harsant will examine the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. If the extraction process also necessitated removing some bone tissues in the socket, you may need a bone graft to restore the missing structure. To place the implant, an incision will be made in your gums, and a narrow channel is then made into the bone. A titanium implant is then screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums are sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will actually fuse with your natural bone to create a very solid abutment for anchoring a crown. Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has been fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, you will be ready to receive a crown. This will fully restore the cracked tooth’s presence and function in your mouth.
If you have a cracked tooth, you should not delay in contacting the dental office of Dr. Harsant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 910.864.4646 for immediate treatment. We are always here to help you maintain a healthy, confident smile!