at Riverside Dental Group will begin the first in a four part blog series about various types of dental injuries and emergencies. One common injury that can affect your teeth or your jaw are fractures. Fractures can be of varying depths, but a fracture is essentially defined as a break.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If you sustain an , and you can tell that it is fractured, or it feels funny even if you can’t see a fracture, quick action is important. With the condition of cracked tooth syndrome, early identification can help you save your tooth from a possible full extraction. It’s most important that the fracture not reach the pulp chamber where the roots of your tooth are. If your dental pulp is exposed to bacteria, inflammation will set in that will likely developing into a tooth infection. Death of the nerve, or pulpal necrosis can set in. Tooth abscesses are another unpleasant possibility. So tending to the fracture in your tooth by seeing your dentist immediately can save you from much more invasive future treatments.

Jaw Fractures

Jaw fractures are among the most common types of facial fractures, along with noses and cheekbones. Any impact to the lower part of the face – car accident, running into something at a fast pace, getting hit in the jaw, sports injury – can result in a possible fractured jaw. If you sustain an injury that leads to intense pain, numbness, swelling, or bruising in the jaw area, you should seek medical attention. Your jaw may need to be realigned and temporarily held together by wires and screws.

Consult Your Corona Dentists

If your regular dentist is not available when you sustain an injury to your teeth or gums, find the closest one and call them as quickly as possible. At Dental Associates of Corona, we offer  by calling (951) 273-9580. We serve patients in the 92879 area and surrounding communities.