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Certain types of dental situations require you to seek out medical care as soon as possible so the tooth can be saved. One such situation that often requires the timely care of a dentist is when your tooth fractures or breaks. The following indicate that you need to see someone right away.
Blood Coming From the Tooth
Sometimes, dental fractures are relatively small and you will see a chunk of your tooth releasing that is a few millimeters wide. This is rarely something to be concerned about. After all, the dental enamel is a millimeter or more thick, especially across the biting edge. These types of tooth injuries can be repaired with a well-placed filling.
However, when a deep fracture occurs where one-quarter to one-half of the biting edge is broken, you may see a dental injury where blood actually oozes from the tooth. When this happens, take a look at the tooth itself to determine where the blood is coming from. If the blood is seeping up around the edge of the tooth, then this signifies a soft tissue injury. If the blood is coming directly from the middle of the tooth, then the pulp has been injured and the soft tissues of the tooth are exposed.
If this happens to you, then place a piece of gauze on the bleeding area. This will keep the sensitive tissues protected and this will help to minimize pain. It will also help to stop the bleeding so your dentist can treat your tooth properly. Root canal treatment will be needed immediately. The tooth will then be fitted with a crown.
Cracks Close to the Gum Line
If a fracture has occurred and you see a deep crack in your tooth, then the tooth can sometimes be saved. However, this is not the case if the fracture reaches below the gums. When this happens, the structural integrity of the tooth is compromised to the point that the tooth will need to be extracted. However, if the crack sits above the gums, then the damaged part of the tooth can be quickly removed and the a crown can be used to strengthen the biting edge.
If you see a crack that sits just a millimeter or two above the gums, then it is time to seek out quick assistance from your dentist. Pressure, heat, and even vibrations in the mouth can cause the crack to spread further, and the tooth may not be able to be saved.