Dentists often get calls from patients like this, “A piece of my tooth broke off. What should I do?”
Unfortunately, breaking part of a tooth is a common occurrence. Although the circumstances which resulted in the tooth getting chipped, cracked or broken varies from one person to another. It could happen while you were biting into a hard piece of candy or playing football. Recently we had a patient tell us she had a piece of her tooth break while she was on vacation eating a potato chip.
Whatever the case may be, there is no need to worry. There is always a way for your Dublin OH dentist to fix your broken tooth.
A few reasons why a tooth might break
There are several possible reasons why a tooth might break. One is if you frequently bite into hard food or objects such as ice or candy. Some people may clench their jaws or grind their teeth under stress or while sleeping. (Ask Dr. Rudi about a custom mouth guard) Such instances can damage the enamel on your teeth. Once it gets damaged, this makes it more likely for the tooth to chip, break or crack.
Within each tooth is a pulp that contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels. When a part of your tooth breaks off, you become more prone to feeling sensations of pain. This could happen when you eat something extremely cold or hot, like ice cream or hot chocolate. Although rare, it is also possible for the individual to not feel any pain even with a cracked tooth. It’s all about location.
So, what do you do if you have a broken tooth?
First, call your local dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. It is important to visit your dentist as soon as you notice the chip, crack or break since the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your pulp getting infected and spread to your gums and bone. We recommend you be proactive in seeking an appointment with your dentist.
In the event that you cannot see a dentist, please follow your usual routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. However, you do need to be gentler with cleaning as a chipped tooth becomes more sensitive to stimuli.
Dentists have several options when it comes to dealing with broken teeth. For small cracks or chipped areas, a dentist could use a bonding material or filling to restore the chipped portion. In more severe cases, a root canal, crown, or implant surgery may be necessary to deal with the problematic tooth. Either way we will get you feeling good again and restore your tooth like new.
For concerns about your cracked, chipped or broken teeth, call your dentist in Dublin, Ohio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation with our wonderful team!