Are you an ice cruncher? A football player? Just a klutz? Whatever the reasons, if you’ve chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible. While the answer to “how to repair a broken tooth yourself” is “you can’t, so don’t try,” your dentist can help you regain full use of your teeth, sometimes in as little as a single visit.
Want to know what your dentist knows about how to repair a broken tooth? At Penn Dental Family Practice, we are dedicated to providing you with education about your oral health, as well as excellent dental care. To help you better understand your condition, we’ve created this list of secrets dentists know about your broken tooth.
The term “broken tooth” seems pretty generic, and you might imagine that there’s one prescribed method for how to repair a broken tooth. In truth, broken teeth come in many forms. The method your doctor uses to repair chipped tooth material is different from how she would repair fractured tooth cusps. In fact, there are multiple ways to break your tooth, and some you might not even notice. These include:
As there is a wide range of ways you can injury your teeth, there is also a wide range of treatments to address these cracks, chips, and breaks. These include bonding, polishing, endodontics, crowns, and veneers.
It may be tempting to try to treat some symptoms of a broken tooth at home, especially if you’re experiencing pain. Dentists, however, will tell you from experience with many patients that only a professional should attempt to treat your tooth.
If you’re experiencing pain or bleeding, here are some tips:
This is especially true with small chips, but any piece of your tooth that falls off should be saved. Place the piece in a small container, and cover it with saliva or milk. Your doctor may be able to reattach all or part of the material.
For many people, it’s the pain that drives them into the dental chair with a tooth injury. However, a cracked or chipped tooth doesn’t always hurt. If the break in your tooth doesn’t reach the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth which contains the tooth’s nerve endings, it likely won’t hurt. Similarly, some cracks only hurt when chewing, especially when releasing a bite.
Whether your tooth hurts or not, if you have suffered an injury, you need to have a dentist check your tooth. Even when you don’t feel pain, a crack weakens the structure of your tooth, and can lead to tooth decay. Only your dentist can determine whether or not treatment is necessary, and how to repair a broken tooth so that it doesn’t cause trouble for you in the future.
While not every broken tooth can be repaired, most can, and can continue to serve you well for the rest of your life. With treatments such as bonding, crowns, endodontic treatment, and polishing, even badly broken teeth can often be saved as a whole, or in part, and continue to look and function naturally.
Want to learn more about how to repair a broken tooth, and what your dentist can do to help preserve your smile? Reach out to us for an appointment at (215) 898-PDFP.