Saving a Fractured or Broken Tooth
Our teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Fractures, cracks, and breaks are generally caused by trauma, grinding, and biting into something hard like ice chips or uncooked popcorn kernels.
It's important to note that small chips, fracture lines and jagged edges on the front teeth often indicate underlying clenching, grinding, or shifting of the jaw due to poor alignment of the teeth.
Contact Dr. Davé to book your consultation immediately.
Do not wait till you fracture the tooth.
Immediate Course of Action
If a segment of a tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:
- Contact Norburn Dental Centre and book an appointment.
- Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water. DO NOT PUT THE BROKEN PART back in the mouth. You can swallow or aspirate it. Put it in a ziplock back.
- Take a topical pain reliever.
Possible treatment options depend on how big the fracture is, if it's above or below the gums, the presence of pain, etc.
- Bonding the broken fragment back to the tooth
- Replacing the missing fragment with filling material.
- Root canal treatment followed by a full crown to make your tooth strong and resistant to further fracture.
- Sometimes, if the crack is well below the gums, the only alternative is to extract the tooth.
START WITH A CONSULTATION
Preserve the health of your smile and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Davé today!