Broken Teeth

Are Broken Teeth Common?

Fractured or chipped teeth are one of the most common dental problems that can occur. They can even occur in healthy individuals who practice great dental hygiene. However, since they’re very common, there are lots of proven methods to fix fractured teeth.

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How are Fractured, Broken, Or Chipped Teeth repaired?

There are many ways these complications are restored. The solution will depend on the type and severity of the fracture, here are a few possible treatments:

This is a composite, tooth-colored material that dentists use to repair teeth. 

A porcelain veneer may be recommended to repair the tooth. The veneer will also assist in covering any stains or imperfections on the tooth, making it a good cosmetic solution as well.

If the tooth cannot be fixed with bonding or a veneer, another restorative option is a crown. A crown or dental ‘cap’, will cover the entire tooth and strengthen the tooth’s structural integrity. 

If a tooth becomes cracked, it could cause pain and infection.

If the tooth is deemed restorable by the dentist, and you wish to save the tooth, a root canal will likely be recommended. 

Should Broken Teeth Be Repaired Right Away?

Broken teeth should not be left alone and forgotten about. This type of issue will only lead to more problems, such as:
  • Further dental damage to the tooth.
  • Bacterial infection.
  • Damage to gums, cheeks, or tongue.
Person holding model of mouth

How can broken teeth be prevented?

Accidents happen, but here are ways you can make them less likely:

  • Proper oral hygiene.
  • Protective mouth gear during physical activities.
  • Stay away from tough foods like hard, chewy candy.

pain relief from a broken tooth

Here are some steps to follow to manage pain until you can see a dentist:

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
  • If you are bleeding, apply pressure with a gauze to the area until the bleeding stops.
  • Apply a cold pack to the lips or cheek to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Fequently asked questions - broken teeth

Yes, breaking an adult tooth is a serious issue! A broken or fractured tooth is a dental emergency that should be looked at right away. Even a small break can cause problems with eating, drinking, and possibly even speaking. A break can also allow food and bacteria to get stuck in the area which can result in infection. an infection could even lead to a dental abscess. Without treatment, a broken tooth can become unable to be saved. Contact your dentist immediately if you notice a broken tooth.

The solutions for a broken tooth can vary quite a bit. The only way to know what treatment will work for you is to have the impacted tooth looked at by a dentist.

There are a number of ways a tooth can break, including (but not limited to):

  • Physical impact
  • Grinding your teeth (bruxism)
  • Eating tough foods
  • poor dental hygiene

Bacteria can potentially fit through even the smallest fractures with ease, it’s best to get it looked at, regardless of the size of the break.

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