What to Do When You Break a Tooth?

by on March 13, 2019
Posted in blog, Oral Health

Dentist in BramptonFrom chewing foods to grinding our teeth when we sleep, our teeth get worn down. Over time small sometimes barely visible cracks can appear in our teeth. Despite our best efforts at maintaining proper dental hygiene, those small cracks can lead to a very broken tooth.


My Molar Broke in Half!


As we age, our teeth become weaker. It’s not uncommon for pieces of our teeth to break off — or even break in half — especially if the tooth has had multiple fillings. When your tooth first cracks, you might only really notice it when it starts to bother you, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. But once it finally breaks it can have sharp edges or points that make eating or drinking difficult; pain from exposed nerves, and possible infections.


My Broken Tooth Doesn’t Hurt.


A broken tooth is no small matter. Even if the tooth doesn’t necessarily bother you now, continued deterioration, lodged food in the crevice, and other maladies can lead to serious complications. Furthermore, the sooner you get your broken tooth looked after the easier it will be for your Brampton dentist to treat the problem.


Delaying treatment for your broken tooth can result in:


  1. Increasing discomfort or debilitating pain.
  2. Loss of the tooth that may require surgery.
  3. Serious infection of the tooth, gums, or jaw that require more serious medical interventions.


If you must delay having your broken tooth treated, make sure to take especially good care of the tooth. But make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.


  1. Swish and rinse after every meal.
  2. Carefully floss after every meal — especially when consuming foods with small seeds, like berries.
  3. Avoid eating crunchy or hard foods.
  4. Use dental wax or sugar free gum to cover the tooth, to avoid cutting your tongue or cheek.


What Are My Treatment Options?


Your dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best treatment plan for you. Depending on the severity of the break, you have several options available. Generally speaking, if there is enough tooth left to salvage you may require a root canal and a crown.


The crown will cover the broken tooth and protect it from further damage. However, if there is not enough tooth left to fix, what remains may need to be surgically extracted. If a tooth needs to be extracted, you may need to be fitted for a bridge in order to prevent your teeth from shifting and causing additional complications.


In order to maintain your teeth for your lifetime, it is important to visit your dentist regularly and address issues, like a broken tooth, as soon as they occur. For more information about our dental services or to schedule a dental exam, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 today. We’re open seven days a week and offer evening appointments to fit around your schedule.

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