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Ask a Dentist: Breaking Your Tooth

So what happens when you break your tooth? What should you do when it happens?

The first thing to consider is the severity of the problem. Is the broken tooth a minor chip that would only require a cosmetic repair or is it a serious crack that goes as deep as the root of the tooth? Perhaps it falls somewhere in between.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth does not necessarily mean a trip to the dentist. Chipped teeth don’t hurt and can be fixed by a dentist by either smoothing them over or filling the chipped area.

Cracks

Unlike a chipped tooth, a cracked one cannot be ignored. You may not even notice a smaller crack in your tooth by looking at them, but once you drink something hot or cold you will likely experience pain along the crack. If the crack extends to the gums, the root and nerves may be damaged as well.

Cracks should be repaired to prevent further damage, where a dental professional would fill the cracked region or fit a crown over it.

Splitting

If a crack is serious enough, it can split the tooth in two. In this case, a dentist will have to perform a root canal to save one of the roots and restore the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these issues come see us for a free smile analysis and we will work to give you your desired smile.

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