Monday, July 28, 2014

What To Do When a Baseball Makes a Play For Your Mouth

It's summer, which means our dentist in Bakersfield is coming in contact with patients who have had a baseball come in contact with their face, ouch! It can not be avoided, at one point or another, your child, or in some cases, you or your spouse, may have to visit us to have a cracked tooth looked at. Seeing an emergency dentist in Bakersfield CA is never a fun visit, but it is extremely necessary on these rare occasions. An untreated  cracked, loose, or  missing tooth can get or worse, or even lead to infection without immediate attention.

Most chipped teeth can be repaired either by reattaching the broken piece of tooth enamel or by placing a tooth-colored filling. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location and extent of the crack. Types of cracks include: craze lines, fractured cusp, cracked tooth, split tooth and vertical root fracture.

The treatment you receive for a cracked tooth is important because it will relieve the pain and reduce the likelihood that the crack will worsen. We usually repair the tooth by placing a crown over it, but at times dental implants in Bakersfield are necessary.

Whatever you do, do not let the fear of getting hit stop you from playing ball! Fun times are necessary too!