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Athletic injuries and household accidents that impact the mouth can sometimes cause significant damage to soft tissues and teeth. When a tooth is badly fractured it can cause significant discomfort and requires emergency treatment

In these moments you might need to apply some basic first-aid to the fractured tooth while you make your way to Dakota Ridge Dental.

A gentle rinse with a little lukewarm saltwater can often help clear away blood from your mouth. It might also help to soothe wounded soft tissues in the area.

First aid pain management might be addressed by taking a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication or rubbing a little topical oral analgesic on the local gum tissues.

Our dentist will then assess the damage to your mouth to develop an effective treatment plan. Sometimes Drs. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek can treat a chipped tooth by applying a dental filling. A treatment plan like this often calls for removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to provide a consistent surface for bonding the filling material.

If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been lost they might need to perform a dental crown restoration. In a case where the pulp of other core structures of the tooth has been damaged they might need to first perform a root canal to create sufficient structure for mounting a dental crown.

If you live in the Littleton, Colorado, area and you have just suffered a significant dental trauma, you can call 303.933.2420 to seek treatment at the dental offices of Dakota Ridge Dental.