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What to do about a fractured tooth

If your child has a fractured tooth, it’s important to keep calm. This is not a dental emergency, but your child should see a dentist as soon as possible. If possible, find the broken piece of tooth and store it in water or cold milk.

No pain/low pain fractures

Enamel fracture

Most low or no pain fractures are chips to a tooth’s enamel, but cause little to no damage to any of the tooth’s sensitive interior. This type of fracture is categorized by:

  • A complete fracture of the enamel.
  • Loss of enamel, and no visible sign of exposed dentin.
  • Not tender. If tenderness is observed, then evaluate the tooth for a possible luxation or root fracture injury.
No pain-Low pain

Treatment for enamel fractures

  • If the tooth fragment is available, we may be able to bond it back in place.
  • Treatment consists of contouring or restoration with composite resin, depending on the extent and location of the fracture.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made for 6-8 weeks, then again in a year.

Moderate pain and sensitivity fractures

Enamel-dentin fracture

Fractures that cause moderate pain have likely chipped through the enamel and some of the dentin, which is beneath (and protected by) the enamel. This type of fracture is categorized by:

  • A fracture confined to enamel and dentin with loss of tooth structure, but not exposing the pulp.
  • Normal mobility.
Enamel Dentin Fracture

Treatment for enamel-dentin fractures

  • Restoration possibly requires some additional medication.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made for 6-8 weeks, then again in a year.
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We have loved you guys since my son was 1 yr old. He's now 10. Still happy. He had 4 teeth extracted today and everything went swimmingly. Thank you!!
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The staff is all tailored to every child’s needs. I have watched them provide excellent service to not only my 4 children for the last 13 years but any child that is in there. I bring 4 wild children in at the same time everytime and although they are grown to not being running wild anymore, when they were they understood and were respectful. They are a well oiled machine and dr. NGO is amazing. They are gentle and allow the children a safe place to take it all in. This place will not traumatize your children. As we know the dentist isn’t fun. This place is fun. Thank you kids focus. One happy mom
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All of the staff are wonderful! Super kid-friendly
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Severe pain fractures

Enamel-dentin-pulp fracture

Severe pain likely means the fracture runs deep enough that the innermost part of the tooth has been impacted. Often, fractures of this type will run horizontally or diagonally across the tooth. This type of fracture is categorized by:

  • A fracture involving enamel and dentin with loss of tooth structure and exposure of the pulp.
  • Redness in the middle of the tooth structure.
Enamel Dentin Pulp Fracture

Treatment for enamel-dentin-pulp fractures

  • Nerve (pulp) needs to be evaluated by the doctor.
  • Prognosis is linked to the maturity of the tooth.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made for 6-8 weeks, then again in a year.

Crown-root facture

Crown-root fractures tend to run more vertically, and affect the tooth underneath the gum line. This type of fracture is categorized by:

  • Crown fracture extending below the gingival margin (gums)
crown-root facture

Treatment for crown-root fractures

  • Treatments widely vary due to where the fracture ends under the gum/bone.
  • Most likely a combination of orthodontic, surgical, restorative, as well as endodontic treatments.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made for 6-8 weeks, then again in a year.
What are you looking for?
What our clients say
Dr. Ngo is always kind, professional, and offers great advice. The dental assistants are friendly and fast. 6mo cleanings are fun when done at kid focus
Nicole Foy
Nicole Foy
Me encanta como tratan amos niños
Guadalupe Gonzalez
Guadalupe Gonzalez
We have loved you guys since my son was 1 yr old. He's now 10. Still happy. He had 4 teeth extracted today and everything went swimmingly. Thank you!!
Casey Weiss
Casey Weiss
The staff is all tailored to every child’s needs. I have watched them provide excellent service to not only my 4 children for the last 13 years but any child that is in there. I bring 4 wild children in at the same time everytime and although they are grown to not being running wild anymore, when they were they understood and were respectful. They are a well oiled machine and dr. NGO is amazing. They are gentle and allow the children a safe place to take it all in. This place will not traumatize your children. As we know the dentist isn’t fun. This place is fun. Thank you kids focus. One happy mom
Chelea Dominguez
Chelea Dominguez
All of the staff are wonderful! Super kid-friendly
Kristin Hinkson
Kristin Hinkson
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