Your teeth are durable and made up of the strongest substance in your body. Still, sometimes it takes very little damage a tooth. Biting down too hard, falling on concrete, playing impact sports or getting in an accident can all cause this problem. When this happens, a broken tooth causes pain and impacts things like eating, drinking and talking. In fact, even a hairline fracture can trigger discomfort. Seeking treatment promptly is the best way to preserve your tooth and prevent harmful bacteria from further compromising the health of your tooth and mouth.
If you have broken a tooth, call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, rinse your mouth out well with warm water, use a compress to stop any bleeding and apply a cold pack to the cheek or lip near the broken tooth to avoid swelling. If you can retain the part of the tooth that broke off, store it in a baggie and bring it with you to the office.
The professional team at Oso Marguerite Dental will visually examine the broken tooth to determine the extent of the damage. Radiographs may be used for the most thorough evaluation. Once assessed, we will make treatment recommendations that might include a veneer, crown, dental bonding, root canal or an implant depending on the extent of the damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I chip my tooth?
First, try to save the pieces if you are able to. Next, apply an ice pack to help alleviate any swelling on the gumline or lip. Finally, call Oso Marguerite Dental and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Am I guaranteed to lose my tooth if I break it?
A broken tooth does not necessarily mean that the tooth is lost. With modern advances in dentistry, it is sometimes possible to repair the tooth and preserve it. One option might include placing a crown. The best way to ascertain whether or not the tooth can be saved is by visiting Oso Marguerite Dental for an evaluation.
My tooth broke, but it does not hurt. Can I wait to see a dentist?
Even if you are not experiencing tooth pain, it is important to address a broken tooth as soon as possible. Leaving this problem untreated can result in more serious problems including tooth decay or the loss of the tooth. Oftentimes, the least expensive and least invasive treatments are also available to patients who contact Oso Marguerite Dental as soon after breaking the tooth as possible. So, do not delay.
Can your office help with a tooth that was broken some time ago?
Yes, Oso Marguerite Dental is well equipped to help with all your oral health care needs. If you have a broken tooth, call our office and schedule an exam. We will explain all your treatment options and get you on the way to achieving a healthier, more confident smile.