A broken tooth can result in severe discomfort and call for immediate intervention to prevent future complications. At other times, a broken tooth may go unnoticed as no pain was felt during or after the break. Depending on the severity and type of break, a broken tooth may require aesthetic repair, surface reconstruction or a much more serious root canal procedure to ensure the longevity of the tooth.
Broken teeth often occur as a result of trauma, accidents or a weakness of existing teeth. For example, if you fall or accidentally bite down too hard or incorrectly on your food you may chip or break a tooth. Tooth decay may also contribute to the reduced durability of teeth and lead to possible breaks.
When Do You Need to Replace a Broken Tooth?
A broken tooth repair may be needed if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- Your tooth is visibly cracked
- Your tooth surface feels different, strange or sharp when you are chewing or on the tongue
- You are experiencing ongoing pain or throbbing – this may or may not be the result of recent impact or injury
How Do I Take Care of My Broken Tooth Before I Get to the Dentist’s Office?
Before you come into the Westend Dental offices for an examination or tooth repair you should
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with either diluted salt water or warm water
- Apply ice cubes to the affected area to relieve pain and to help stop any bleeding
- Take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, to ease pain and reduce swelling
How are Broken Teeth Repaired?
The first step towards repairing broken teeth is to come in to the Westend Dental office for an oral examination to assess the extent of the damage. Depending on the severity and nature of the break, the repair may require a filling, crown, root canal or even a complete tooth removal in extreme situations.
Although not all broken teeth require immediate attention, the only way that you will know the extent of the damage is to see your dental professional. By scheduling an appointment to look over the damage you can prevent further injury to the nerves and potentially avoid serious future repairs.
After the repair process has taken place you should consider brushing and flossing as directed by your dentist and maintain regular dental checkups. Further care, such as wearing a mouth guard to protect repaired teeth when taking part in vigorous activities, is also advised.
Think You Might Have a Broken Tooth?
Call the Westend Dental office at 773-362-5466 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.