Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth can occur at any time for several reasons, and in some cases, broken teeth are a dental emergency.
A Chipped tooth is purely a cosmetic issue where a small part of the tooth breaks free, but no pain is caused.
Usually, the most painful result of a severe accident is a broken tooth. The tooth is often broken in half, which exposes the inner tissues and never endings to the open elements. The area will not only be extremely painful but will also bleed.
A Cracked tooth is usually considered an emergency. It can be a painful experience and result in the fracture of your teeth as well as possible root fractures. The severity of the injury depends upon the location of the fracture and the size of the area affected. It is very important for your overall dental health to get in touch with an experienced dental practitioner if you crack your tooth.
How do you suffer a broken tooth?
There are several reasons why teeth fracture or break. Often, this is due to your mouth suffering accidental physical trauma of some kind, like a slip or a fall. However, a cracked or broken tooth can also simply be the result of poor dental hygiene.
Possible causes of a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth include:
- Accidental trauma: A hard hit to the mouth or teeth such as with a ball while playing sports.
- Eating hard foods: If a tooth is already weakened, it is possible to do further damage by biting down on something hard such as lollies or ice.
- Poor Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can result in decalcification which damages your enamel increasing your vulnerability to chips or cracks
- Cavities: Existing tooth decay greatly increases your risk of suffering a cracked or broken tooth.
- Bruxism: Otherwise known as excessive teeth grinding or clenching and cause your teeth to chip, crack, or break.
It is important to understand that cracked and broken teeth are not only unpleasant to look at but also can be dangerous if left alone. A broken tooth may undergo further decay leading to excruciating pain and further dental issues like an abscess. The exposure of the roots or nerves can also make it extremely painful to eat and drink. It is essential to see our Platinum Dental dentists right away upon noticing any crack or chips in your teeth. If we can restore the damage before it deteriorates, then the more cost-effective it will be to our patients.
Restoring a Broken Tooth
Don’t despair; if you have a broken tooth, there are a number of ways Platinum Dental can restore it for you.
- Filling: If there is only minor damage to your tooth, it may be possible to fix it using a small tooth coloured filling.
- Crown: If there is major damage to the broken tooth, then it may require a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed directly over the existing tooth structure. Unlike many other dental clinics that take weeks to restore your teeth, Platinum Dental is able to make and fit your crown on the same day. A crown will improve both the strength and aesthetics of a broken tooth while reducing the risk of further injury.
- Dental Bonding: If your tooth is chipped, then we may be able to use a tooth coloured composite to repair it. The tooth coloured material will restore the natural aesthetics of your tooth quickly and painlessly.
- Root Canal Treatment: If the tooth has suffered severe trauma and the nerves are either exposed or die, then root canal treatment may be necessary. Root canal treatment helps to save a tooth when the pulp has become damaged. It is a painless procedure carried out under local anaesthetic and may require a crown to be fitted after treatment to make the tooth more robust.
- Veneers: Porcelain veneers can be used to cover cracks and chips on your front teeth. This will offer the tooth additional strength as well as a pleasing aesthetic look.
Will I be able to get an emergency dental appointment?
Only a professional and reputable dentist knows what is best for you. If you are in need of a broken tooth being fixed or a cracked tooth being restored, then please arrange your visit today with Dr. Victoria Lane or Dr. Huw Morgan.