As dentists, we are strong believers in YOUR power to control so many aspects of your oral health, as well as your life! Taking positive steps with diet, exercise, dealing with stress as well as regularly brushing and flossing your teeth can all improve your oral health.

Unfortunately, even the strongest, healthiest teeth may fracture as a result of an unforeseen accident. This may require that you seek some form of dental treatment. Of course, the nature of the required treatment may vary depending upon the manner of the fracture.

For instance, cracks in the teeth can be treated with different options, depending upon the severity of the crack. Very minor surface cracking of the enamel may be treated with a simple polishing of the affected tooth.

However, if you notice the appearance of a crack on your teeth, you should not assume it is minor in nature. Have your dentist take a look. The crack may be indicative of a more severe fracture that goes through the entire tooth.

You may not be experiencing any pain yet, but such a crack can leave your root exposed. It could require a filling, a crown or possibly a root canal if the root or pulp of the tooth has been damaged.

Many people active in sports may chip a tooth. Again, the severity and location of the chip can determine the ideal treatment. A very minor chip may require little more than filing away any sharp edges created.  If the shape is not cosmetically appealing, veneers may prove an attractive option to get that tooth to, once again, look…attractive!

However, larger chips may leave a root exposed and require more intrusive intervention. Again, a crown could be the option best suited to this situation.

If you experience a serious break, you will know it. Such a break will usually be the result of a strong trauma, and it will usually be accompanied with very noticeable pain, bleeding and often swelling. You will have to see your dentist immediately.

In some instances, the fracture may be so severe that your dentist might suggest implants as the best alternative. Implants are wonderful options as they look and perform just like a natural tooth. Patients who have had them have been thrilled with the results!

For all the hard work you do to take care of your teeth, we hope you never see your efforts undone by an accident that leaves you with a fractured tooth. However, if this should be the case, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Even if you think it is a minor break, x-rays may reveal a potentially more serious problem than you might think.

Let your dentist determine how severe the damage is and provide you with treatment options. Because treating fractures as early as possible is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr.  Martin LaBoissonniere

Dental Surgeon