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A hard blow to the face during athletics or a simple household accident can potentially damage a tooth. In the case of a dental fracture, you might need to apply some simple first aid principles as you consider seeking professional dental care at Dr. Shahdad Arami’s Northridge, California, clinic.

If you’ve been left with blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with a little bit of lukewarm salt water. This might also help soothe some other traumatized oral tissues.

Dr. Shahdad Arami might be able to repair a small dental fracture by applying a filling. A tooth with a large fracture might not have sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a filling.

To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Shahdad Arami might need to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown. This will use a metallic alloy or dental porcelain to fully replicate the tooth enamel layer of the original tooth.

To do this, Dr. Shahdad Arami will need to remove the entire tooth enamel layer to form an abutment. This will eventually serve to anchor the crown in your mouth. Dr. Shahdad Arami will then create an impression of the area, and this will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made.

A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment. It’s important to remember that the temporary crown is only meant to protect the abutment. It is not strong enough to bite, chew, or grind hard foods.

When your final crown is ready, a member of Dr. Shahdad Arami’s staff will call you to schedule a secondary appointment. The temporary crown will be carefully removed, and Dr. Shahdad Arami will cement the final crown in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If one of your teeth has recently suffered a fracture and you live in the Northridge, California, area, you should call 818-886-6100 to seek professional treatment with Dr. Shahdad Arami.