Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Even though the enamel layer of a tooth is very strong, it can still be fractured by something like a fall, blow to the face, or damage caused by grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis. This can be a very serious cause for concern.
It’s common for a crack in your tooth enamel to come with a persistent and often sharp pain. This is a clear sign that the damage extends into the dentin layer or possibly the root. This might require the dentist to perform a root canal and replace the enamel of the tooth with a crown.
You can rinse your mouth with a salt water if you need to clean away any blood or debris. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as this could potentially irritate injured gum tissues.
Even if the fracture is limited to just the enamel layer, you should still have your dentist address the problem before tooth decay can set in. Sometimes they might be able to repair it with a small filling. This might also be accompanied by a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to help strengthen the remaining enamel.
If you have a tooth with fractured enamel, you should call LIFESmiles Dental as soon as possible at 208-377-2160 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.