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If you participate in contact sports or other vigorous athletics without the benefit of a quality mouthguard, then you are at heightened risk of suffering oral trauma or dental fracture. If a hard fall or blow to the face severely fractures a tooth, you need to provide quality first aid while seeking professional dental care at Gloria Barredo, DMD.

The first step is to gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will help clear blood and debris to give you a better look at the severity of the trauma. It can also help soothe other injured oral tissues in the area.

In many cases of a dental fracture where the pulp or root has been affected, Dr. Gloria Barredo might need to perform a root canal to extract the damaged tissues. Then, she can rebuild the structure to prepare for a dental crown restoration.

If the crack is extreme or if the tooth has split, Dr. Gloria Barredo might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have healed, she can help you understand your restoration options. The two most common methods of restoration are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you live in the Jupiter, Florida, area and you are suffering with a badly damaged tooth, you should call 561-741-8008 to have it examined and treated at Gloria Barredo, DMD.