Broken TeethHow do dentists fix broken teeth?
What to do with a broken tooth until the dentist
If you have the remains of your broken tooth, rinse with warm water to remove debris then, if possible, store it in milk and book an emergency appointment with a dentist like us to repair it. We might be able to glue the fragment back onto the tooth if you act quickly. To ease pain caused by broken teeth, take OTC pain relievers and try saltwater rinses and teething gels to reduce sensitivity. Ice can also be used to reduce swelling.
Types of broken teeth
Different treatments are recommended depending on the broken tooth type or the extent of the break. For example, we cannot place a veneer if more than half of the tooth has broken away, so different treatments exist for varying scenarios, which we break down below.
- Tooth cracked in half: Dental crowns are used to protect the cracked tooth, but if the crack is too deep, the tooth will likely need to be extracted and replaced with an implant.
- Chipped or broken teeth (less than half): Dental veneers and bonding can be used to repair chipped teeth and improve the overall appearance.
- Broken tooth (half of the tooth broken off): Dental crowns and extractions are two ways we can restore your smile.
- Broken at the gum line: The tooth will require extraction, which is simpler and faster than removing a complete tooth. We can then look into replacing the tooth with a prosthetic like an implant.
How long can a broken tooth go untreated?
When a cracked tooth goes ignored for an extended amount of time, patients can almost always expect complications. Chips and breaks in your teeth allow bacteria to enter, and when this goes untreated, decay will eventually settle in, causing infections to spread resulting in tooth pain and sensitivity. A root canal will then likely be recommended to clear infections in the pulp and as a last attempt to save your tooth.
Why are pieces of my teeth breaking off?
Due to improper oral hygiene care, teeth might become susceptible or more vulnerable to conditions like decay and cavities that, when left untreated, weaken the teeth, causing them to chip and break. Other habits like teeth grinding and clenching can also cause teeth to wear or break, which you might be unaware of as bruxism is often common as you sleep. Sometimes, it’s tartar that falls and breaks off of teeth and not the actual tooth itself.