Chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures can range in size, severity, and cause. The specific tooth, depth of the damage and the affected surface will generally influence the necessary treatment plan developed by a dentist like Dr. Rupal Patel.
A minor dental fracture might be repaired by having him install a simple dental filling. However, a more significant fracture that also alters a critical surface of the tooth might require a dental crown restoration. This treatment plan is more likely for small teeth as well as teeth that have been previously treated with a dental filling.
If the trauma to the tooth extends beyond the tooth’s enamel layer to affect the sensitive internal structures of the tooth Dr. Rupal Patel will likely need to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structural integrity to anchor the dental crown in place.
Some patients who experience a severe dental trauma, such as a dental avulsion or knocked out tooth, might not have enough viable dental structure remaining to save the tooth by conventional means. In a case like this Dr. Rupal Patel might advocate a complete extraction. Once everything has fully healed, he can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant restoration.
If you live in the Rolling Meadows, Illinois, area and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 847-870-0888 to seek timely treatment at Willow Bend Dental Care.