Maybe you were injured playing outside with friends or perhaps you bit down on a hard piece of candy. Either way, chipping a tooth can have you wondering, what now? What do I do if I break a tooth? Addressing the issue immediately is essential for protecting your smile. At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Dr. Nikki Green offers the knowledge and treatments you need to restore your damaged tooth to full function and beauty.
Frequently Asked Questions About Repairing Teeth
Question: What are the potential consequences of a damaged tooth?
Answer: Why is breaking a tooth such a big deal? The outer enamel protects the layers of dentin and the inner pulp from bacteria, which can potentially lead to tooth decay, dental infections, and dental abscesses. By repairing a broken tooth as soon as possible, you reduce the risks of developing the serious consequences.
Question: How do I know if I have a cavity or infection?
Answer: If you start to notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or chronic toothaches, then you may have cavity or a dental infection. You need to have an exam and diagnosis performed by a dental professional right away. Otherwise, an untreated infection can cause the tooth to require extraction to stop the infection from spreading to the surrounding teeth and jawbone.
Question: How do I respond to a broken tooth?
Answer: When you break a tooth you should first see if you can recover any pieces of the tooth. If not, don’t worry; your tooth can still be repaired. Then, rinse your mouth with warm water. You can use gauze to stem any bleeding and place a cold compress on the side of your face to combat potential swelling. Then see us right away.
Question: What are my repair options?
Answer: For minor breaks, we can use the same material we use for fillings to buildup the missing structure and restore the tooth. For major damage, we can place a dental crown over the visible portion of the tooth. With CEREC technology, we can actually create and place a crown in a single visit.
Looking for solutions for damaged teeth? Then talk to one of our dentists Dr. Green or Dr Ryan Knight about our cosmetic dentistry options.
If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 737-6601 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Nikki Green or Dr Ryan Knight.