Teeth are remarkably strong, but many situations occur that cause them to chip, break, or crack. How your dentist treats a broken or chipped tooth relies on several factors, however. Neil W. Carmony, D.D.S., knows it’s important to restore the look and function of your tooth after a piece of it breaks off. Here, this Texarkana, AR, dentist explains how chipped and broken teeth are best treated.
Small to Moderate Chips
Small chips at the edge of your tooth are not uncommon. Most of the time, these occur on the biting surface of the front teeth. Fortunately, your dentist can fix a small chip by polishing it to remove the rough edges. If there is a noticeable gap, it can be repaired with dental bonding or a filling. Your tooth will often look and function the same way as before.
If a large part of your tooth was chipped off, you should try to save it in a glass of milk and take it with you to the dentist. It’s possible it can be reattached via bonding but only if the roots are still intact. If the chipped tooth is causing you pain, then it may have affected the nerves and blood vessels inside of it. A root canal is the only option to save your tooth at that point. Afterward, your dentist will restore it by capping it with a crown.
Broken teeth can be serious, involving sharp pain and bleeding. Whether the tooth can be saved or not depends on where the break occurred. If it broke above the gumline, your dentist might be able to save it from extraction. It’s important to visit a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further decaying and potential infection.
Do you have a broken or chipped tooth that needs dental attention? Give the office of Neil W. Carmony, D.D.S., in Texarkana a call at (870) 772-4106. They handle dental emergencies, such as broken teeth and root canals, with the utmost care. To get directions to their office or make an appointment online, visit their website.