Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our body, it is still possible to chip or break. Sports injuries, nightly teeth grinding, clenching, and that big no-no, chewing ice, can all lead to cracked teeth. Your dentist is the only one who can fix a broken tooth.
Treatment depends on the type of break, where it is located, and the seriousness of the injury. See your dentist as soon as possible after discovering a crack. If not taken care of immediately, it could lead to decay and, ultimately, the loss of the tooth.
If the fracture of the tooth is not severe, a composite resin filling might be an option for repair. In addition to fixing a broken tooth, resin can also be used to correct minor discolorations, problems with the form of the tooth, and to fill spaces between teeth.
A crown can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. It fits over a broken tooth or covers it like a “cap.” Once a crown is in place, it typically lasts many years. Variations of crowns that can also be utilized to fix broken teeth are veneers, onlays, and inlays.
Unfortunately, sometimes broken teeth cannot be saved. If the tooth decay is too extensive, or the break is below the gum line, the tooth usually needs to be removed. Regular dental visits will keep your teeth from decaying. If the tooth is broken, the sooner you have your dentist look at it, the better.
Symptoms of a Broken Tooth
If you are experiencing any one of these symptoms, it is essential to contact your dentist immediately:
- Painful chewing
- Sensitivity to cold, heat or sweet
- Sharp pain that comes and goes
- Swelling of the gum around the tooth
Repair a Broken Tooth
If you suspect you have cracked, chipped, or broken a tooth, call Bryan G. Foote, D.D.S at (573) 449-2311 to make an appointment immediately. Remember, visiting a dentist at least twice a year can avoid many of these problems. Set up your regular appointments with Dr. Bryan Foote by using this convenient form.