Broken teeth can and will happen. Despite being as protective as you can with your teeth, sometimes it is inevitable to avoid breaking a tooth. But, don’t panic, there are solutions for how you should take care of your broken tooth until you can visit your Cary emergency dentist, Beavers family dentistry.
Common Types of Broken Teeth
Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth are more common that you might think – especially with kids. Most active lifestyles present the opportunity to damage your teeth especially when part taking in sporting activities. Here are some common types of broken teeth and what you should do in the event that you find yourself with one of the following:
Cracked Tooth Repair
When your tooth is cracked, you might feel discomfort and sensitivity but might not noticed any visible signs that your tooth is damaged. Often times, cracked teeth can be visibly hidden but become sensitive when you chew or are exposing your mouth to hot or cold temperatures.
Typically for this type of broken tooth, the dentist will apply a dental filling or bonding to the crack in the tooth, depending on which tooth has the injury. Once the dental filling or binging is applied, you should no longer feel the sensitivity that you had previously.
Repair Broken Teeth
A broken tooth is often a result of facial trauma following an accident, untreated cavities that cause the tooth to become brittle or damage from sports or physical activity. While a broken tooth can be scary and painful, the good news is that it can be fixed.
Depending on the break of your tooth and which tooth has been broken, the dentist will decide one of the following tooth repair options: Dental Bonding, a Crown, or a Dental Implant.
Chipped Tooth Repair
Chipped teeth are commonly caused by eating something hard, wear and tear on the tooth, or teeth grinding (Bruxism). As your teeth wear down, they become fragile and susceptible to breaking. Chipped teeth are usually not painful and can be fixed in a number of different ways.
Tooth-Colored Fillings are the most common way to repair the tooth. If the chip requires more of a serious fix, the dentist might perform a dental bonding to help restore the original look of the tooth.
What To Do With My Broken Tooth
If your tooth is cracked, broken, or chipped, call us immediately. The sooner that the repair work can be completed, the better chance that your tooth can be restored. If you are unable to contact the dentist immediately, you should follow the tooth care plan below:
- Rinse your mouth out with salt water
- Cover any sharp tooth edges with wax or sugarless chewing gum
- Keep the piece of broken tooth (if you have it) in a glass of milk
FAQ’s About Repairing Broken Teeth
Although cracked, chipped, and broken teeth aren’t 100% preventable, there are a few things you can do to help protect yourself from the likelihood of it happening such as not chewing on hard objects like ice, wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports, and preventing against routine teeth grinding.
Cracked teeth can become extremely painful because the two protective layers of the teeth, the enamel and the dentin, aren’t able to properly protect the nerves within the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp.
Cracked teeth can be difficult to locate because the symptoms can come and go. But typically the symptoms of a cracked tooth involve extreme pain when eating, tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures, or an overall throbbing sensation throughout the day.
A broken tooth is considered a dental emergency and can cause extreme pain as well as severe bleeding so it is important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
An untreated broken tooth has the potential to become infected if it is not properly cared for. For this reason we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible if you suffer from a broken tooth.
A Vitamin D and Calcium deficiency can lead to lower bone density levels in children and adults. Which can make your teeth weaker than they typically should be.
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