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Your teeth get their incredible strength and durability from the mineral density of the tooth enamel layer. However, there are times when a hard blow to the face, accidental fall or other oral trauma can exceed the strength of the tooth enamel. The required treatment used for a tooth fracture will vary depending on the severity.

In some cases, a minor fracture might only damage the tooth enamel. This often can be repaired with a dental filling or restored with a dental crown.

If you experience a sharp or persistent pain in the fractured tooth, it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. This usually requires the dentist to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth and form an abutment to later anchor a crown in place.

If the fracture is minor yet located on a tooth in your smile, your dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, might be able to cement a dental veneer in place or restore the tooth with a cosmetic porcelain crown.

If you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you should call 816-554-7656 to have it examined, treated and repaired at James D. Schuette. DDS..