Dr. Rocky Cullens serves as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Stonewood Hills Oral Maxillofacial Surgery clinic in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Stonewood Hills clinic accepts referred and emergency cases from Eastern Oklahoma.
The treatment for a fractured tooth depends on the extent of the injury. In some cases, the fracture extends to only the enamel or dentin. Because these traumas do not affect the underlying pulp or root, treatment often involves simple reattachment of the missing piece or application of a filling or crown.
Fractures that extend into the pulp of the tooth require more extensive care. The tooth may become loose and require stabilization by bonding to the surrounding teeth. Because exposed pulp is vulnerable to bacteria, the patient may require a root canal to prevent infection.
If the fracture extends vertically, horizontally, or diagonally through the root of the tooth, it may no longer be salvageable via dentistry. Fractures close to the root tip may still be treatable, though those closer to the gum line more often necessitate a complete removal of the tooth.