Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth can happen unexpectedly, requiring emergency dental care. They never happen at a convenient time or place, so you may have questions about what to do immediately and in the near future.
You need to see your dentist as soon as possible. There is no safe way to take care of broken teeth, cracked teeth, or lost fillings at home. In the meantime, rinse out your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face to help temporarily alleviate pain. You may experience pain immediately and/or lingering tooth sensitivity.
Common Causes of Broken or Cracked Teeth, Lost Fillings, and Crowns
One minute you are enjoying life, and suddenly you feel the sharp pain of your tooth cracking. What causes these breaks and how can you prevent them? Cracks, chips, and breaks are often the result of a weakness in the tooth or trauma to the mouth. Common causes include:
- Fall or accident
- Sports injuries
- A blow to the mouth
- Biting into something hard
- Cavities that weaken the tooth
- Old fillings that have come loose and no longer support the tooth
- Bruxism (grinding your teeth)
- Uneven chewing pressure
What Preventative Measures Can Be Taken to Avoid Broken, Cracked or Chipped Teeth?
The best way to prevent broken teeth, chipped teeth, lost fillings or crowns is to take care of your dental health. See your dentist regularly and get cavities filled quickly. When teeth are weakened by decay, they are more likely to break. Whenever possible, avoid things that might weaken or break teeth, such as:
- Eating ice, hard candies, nuts, and other hard foods
- Using your teeth as a bottle opener or to open packages
- Contact sports or fighting without a mouthguard
- Trauma to the mouth
- Grinding or clenching the teeth (wear a nightguard if needed)
How Can Westend Dental Help?
Westend Dental stands ready to help you with dental emergencies such as chipped teeth, broken teeth, cracked teeth, or lost fillings and crowns. Whatever the cause, we have experienced emergency dentists ready to provide you with the highest quality care.
In addition to fixing the tooth and alleviating the pain, we can also help you discover the reason for the damage and help you avoid repeated problems in the future, if possible.
We provide emergency dental care for patients with dental pain, fractured, cracked, or chipped teeth, and dental emergencies of all types. We offer emergency appointments and walk-in services to help you get the care you need, while living your busy life.