Are Broken Teeth Common?
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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?
- Further dental damage to the tooth.
- Bacterial infection.
- Damage to gums, cheeks, or tongue.
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
- 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.