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The outer enamel layer of your teeth is very strong and durable. This enables you to bite off and chew some of the hardest foods. There are also things that your teeth are not designed to do, and times when an accident or blow to the face can actually have enough impact to unnaturally break one of your teeth.

In a situation like this Sterling Dental offers a few essential first aid tips for taking care of a broken tooth.

If the initial pain and trauma subsides in a few minutes, you might be lucky enough that the damage is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

If pain persists or you experience excess sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the damage has penetrated the internal dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this your Sterling Dental dentist will likely need to perform a root canal. If the damage is severe, it might need to be extracted and restored in the future with a bridge or a dental implant.

If you have a broken or otherwise damaged tooth, or you would like more tips on how to better handle common dental emergencies, you can call Sterling Dental at 941-926-9888 to set up a consultation appointment.