Though teeth are very strong, they can chip, fracture or break.
Teeth break or fracture for many reasons, including the presence of undetected decay or teeth overly stressed with large fillings. A broken tooth with roughened edges is often a reason to call an emergency dentist.
If your tooth is broken, chipped or fractured in some way, try to see your dentist within hours. Most dentists will give emergency appointments and there are many offices that have a 24 hour dentist on call. If the damage is due to a trauma of some sort, such as a car accident, you should try to be seen at emergency room that specializes in emergency dental right away.
When a tooth is damaged, steps need to be taken immediately to provide appropriate care for the tooth. If something has happened to a filling, or if you damaged a tooth because of chipping, breaking or a fracture, take some steps until you can see your dentist. If you don’t, the tooth will suffer other dental problems and infection may set in. You may even end up losing the tooth.
- If you find a piece of a broken or chipped tooth after you have had damage to a tooth, bring the piece or pieces with you when you go to the emergency dentist.
- There may be jagged edges on the tooth that was chipped or broken. The sharp ends can irritate the surrounding soft tissue of the mouth. In order to prevent this, use a small piece of soft wax or temporary dental filler in the damaged area.
- If you must eat, eat only soft foods until you’ve be seen by your dentist.
Chipped teeth and broken teeth can be repaired by a 24 hour dentist using a variety of treatments: tooth bonding, dental veneers or dental crowns.
Broken Tooth Repair With Dental Crown
If the upper part of a tooth breaks off, but its root remains intact, the reconstruction of the broken off part can be solved with a root implanted stump and dental crown placed on top of it.
Broken Tooth Repair With Dental Bonding (Filling)
Sometimes instead of a porcelain veneer, a natural color composite material is used instead of porcelain. If the break affected only the enamel, your dentist may be able to repair the damage with dental filling. If the tooth is in the front of the mouth, your dentist probably will use a composite filling.
Broken Tooth Repair With Dental Veneers
A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Broken Tooth Repair. Root Canal
The most serious breaks are those that damage the nerve. In addition to making and placing dental crown, your dentist will need to do root canal treatment to remove the damaged nerve and blood vessels.
There is no way to treat broken teeth at home. You need to see your dentist whenever a tooth is sensitive to changes in temperature or if it hurts while you’re eating.
You should never play with your oral health, and postponing treatment will only cost you much more down the line. If you are experiencing any of the above dental emergency, please call a 24 hour emergency dentist now.