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Ignoring a Broken Tooth Can Be Dangerous to Your Oral Health

Posted on 4/10/2020 by Office
Ignoring a Broken Tooth Can Be Dangerous to Your Oral Health If your tooth breaks off, you need to call our practice immediately. You cannot wait to have a broken tooth fixed. Otherwise, you may experience other dental issues. For example, the break can trigger infection of the tooth's pulp – something that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Before seeing us, brush very gently with a soft toothbrush. An emergency dental visit is necessary if you don't want to experience an abscess or severe dental pain.

Why Teeth Break

A tooth can break for one of various reasons. You may be biting into a slice of pizza one moment and discover your tooth has cracked or chipped the next. The tooth may have weakened, because of an old filling or decay, or you may have bitten down too hard. Also, a tooth that is worn will break easier. Teeth wear because of age or because a patient grinds or clenches his or her teeth. Whatever the reason for the break, you need to address the problem without delay.

How A Broken Tooth Is Fixed

Depending on the break, a tooth that is broken can be repaired in one of various ways. For example, we may cover the tooth with a crown to preserve it. If we find that the tooth is severely decayed, we may suggest root canal surgery. The surgery will prevent problems with an abscess or infection and will assist in preserving the tooth without removing it. A chipped tooth, if the break is small, may also be repaired with a composite bonding material. How we repair the tooth will depend on its location and the nature of the break. Do you have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth that needs to be repaired? If so, you should contact our office immediately. Don't let this type of repair go, as it can lead to an even worse dental problem. Don't risk getting the tooth infected. See us as soon as possible. Call us to get a broken tooth fixed or to have any other dental problem addressed.
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