Our teeth are made of enamel which is a very hard mineral. Even though enamel is very durable, our teeth are also brittle and can chip, crack, or break. If your tooth has broken in half this is not uncommon, and the good news is there are many options to address this issue.
If your tooth cracks or breaks this can cause severe pain, and if not addressed promptly, you can lose your entire tooth. We recommend calling our office and seeking medical attention right away if you experience a broken tooth.
What Can Cause a Broken Tooth?
The most common cause of a tooth breaking is due to tooth decay. If your tooth has untreated cavities, over time the tooth will weaken and break off. Chewing hard foods or candy, or biting down on something hard accidentally can also cause stress on the tooth and it may break. Trauma is another common cause of tooth injury. If you have a sports injury or accident this can also cause teeth to break.
Broken teeth are teeth that are chipped, cracked, or largely broken. When you have a broken tooth, this can cause a lot of pain because the dentin is typically exposed. We recommend calling our office right away for immediate treatment. At R2 Center for Dentistry, we are the preferred emergency dentist in Manhattan, and we are trained to handle any dental emergency. Our team can help restore your tooth, and relieve any pain you may have.
What Can I Do at Home Before I See My Dentist?
There are a few things you can do at home to help minimize pain and prevent further damage to the tooth while you wait to be seen in our office.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Apply a cold ice pack to the area to help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
- Rinse with warm water to help reduce any chance of infection.
- Apply pressure to the area to stop any bleeding.
What Are My Treatment Options?
There are many options to treat a broken or chipped tooth. The severity of the break, and location will determine which method is used. Our goal is to always save your tooth and will only resort to extraction if absolutely necessary.
Dental bonding can help treat a cracked or broken tooth to help fill in cracks or gaps.
If dental bonding can not be used a veneer can be used to cover the tooth and restore the tooth’s function.