How To Deal With Broken or Chipped Teeth

How To Deal With Broken or Chipped Teeth

Though we all try to be as careful as we can with our teeth, injuries can occur to them from time to time. From simple bruises, to small cuts in your mouth, to a cracked, broken or chipped tooth,Cosmetic Dentist in Gresham Dr. Daniel Reis at Gresham Smile Designs, works to make sure your teeth and gums stay in great shape, but understand that accidents can happen. Please read on below for our advice on what to do if you break or chip a tooth.

What Kind Of Injury Is It?

The first thing to do is to see what kind of injury has occurred. If there is a lot of blood caused by some sort of trauma to your teeth or gums, or a large cut or laceration, then calling 911 or visiting the emergency room is the best course of action. EMTs and most emergency personnel are trained to deal with this sort of wound. If you lose a tooth because of any trauma, try to find the tooth and bring it with you. Putting the tooth into a glass of milk will help it last until your dentist or orthodontist can reattach it. If the damage to your mouth was less severe and only involved a chip or crack, then it is advisable to contact your dental professional right away. Even though you may not be feeling strong pain, it is recommended to contact a dentist as quickly as possible, as there could be damage that only they could see and assess.

Why Teeth Break

Teeth can break or chip for a variety of reasons, but some frequent cases are due to cavities, weak enamel, tooth decay, having fragile teeth from root canals, or simply hitting your teeth on something hard. If there are fracture lines on the chipped tooth, then you could be more prone to damage. Lines of fracture can result in future pain or even broken teeth, and if a tooth has these lines, then it has a weak structure, and should be treated as soon as possible by a dental professional.

Treatment For A Broken Or Chipped Teeth

When you finally do visit the dentist with your chipped or broken tooth, treatments will most likely involve one or more of of the following; reshaping the tooth for a crown, adding a dental veneer, or a fillings for the tooth. In some cases, if the the tooth is damaged too severely, then the dentist will perform an extraction or root canal. If the tooth was broken at the gum line, then the dentist could suggest other treatment methods. For most, less severe cases though, the dentist will reshape the tooth or fill it. If after the initial treatment, you still experience pain when eating or drinking, or with cold or hot items in your mouth, the dentist may have to use other treatments.
Dr. Reis and his helpful staff at Gresham Smile Designs are available to assist with all your dental needs as a premiere family and cosmetic dentist in Gresham. If you find yourself with a broken or chipped tooth, please call our office as soon as you can.

9 Responses to How To Deal With Broken or Chipped Teeth

  1. I really like that you mention how a chipped or broken tooth will generally require the help of a veneer or crown. It makes sense that a veneer can be a good option for a chipped tooth because it can be easily made to match the other teeth, especially if the tooth is severely damaged. This could be something to mention to my wife because she’s had a chipped tooth for a long time and I think that talking to her about having it fixed could make her happy.

  2. I have a friend that chipped his tooth pretty bad, and has been wondering what he can do to make it look good again. That is really nice that he could get a dental crown or a veneer to fix it. I guess he will have to ask his dentist what option would be best!

  3. My husband chipped just chipped one of his teeth and I’ve been looking for what we could possibly do to fix it. I appreciate what you said about most solutions involving a reshaping the tooth and then adding a veneer. This makes us both feel better about our solutions.

  4. That is good to know that any tooth injury that involves just a chip or a crack then you should contact your dental professional right away. I felt my tooth crack and I have been wondering what I should do. I’m glad that my dentist will be able to help with a chip or broken tooth. Thank you for the information!

  5. What I found most interesting about this article was the different types of ways teeth can break. I didn’t realize that it could come from weak enamel or having fragile teeth from root canals. I need to get a root canal soon, but I’m worried about the different consequences that can come from it. I will discuss what I can do with my dentist so that we can avoid any chips.

  6. It’s great that you’ve mentioned how there are several treatments that can be employed when it comes to a chipped tooth, such as getting a veneer, fillings, or reshaping the tooth. My brother got hit in the face during basketball practice and one of his teeth was damaged. I’ll mention this to him so that he can get in touch with a restorative dentistry expert right away and ask which treatment is the best for his condition.

  7. There is best information how to deal with broken and chipped teeth. This post is so useful for all people who are fighting this problem. It’s so interesting post for me. I like your post very much.

  8. Thanks for the information that a chipped or broken tooth can have fracture lines that identify the tooth as weak and should be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible to fix it. My husband grinds his teeth at night and he just had a tooth chip. I’ll have to see if I can get him a dental appointment since he says that it hurts and I don’t want his tooth to have any more problems.

  9. It’s so refreshing to find a dentist that cares! My tooth was hurting badly and I went in as an Emergency. The front office was super sweet and understanding and was able to see Dr. Daniel within 30 mins. I was literally in tears walking in and walked out feeling a million times better. Tooth all fixed up. Thank you!!

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