Cracked, Chipped or Broken Tooth Repair
Emergency Dental Repair For Cracked, Broken And Chipped Teeth | Dentist Near Me Lewiston, ME
Nobody especially wants to schedule time in the day to get their dental needs service, but when a tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken, we’re here to help quickly and competently.
Whether a dental emergency or something less urgent, we’ll do everything in our power to get you right past it. Just schedule an appointment sooner or later, depending on the pain level, and we’ll diagnose and come up with a treatment plan to get you back in the swing of things.
Can My Broken, Chipped or Cracked Tooth Be Fixed?
A big FYI: tooth enamel is one of the toughest substances in the body. But, combine any bit of tooth decay with a life event that ends up with you taking damage, and damage will occur.
When and if it does, we’re here to help with the pain and bring your smile back to maximum positivity
Small cracks in teeth can sometimes be fixed with dental veneers. They seal and fill the fractured area of the tooth with a composite resin. Larger fractures may require dental implants or a root canal.
No two situations are the same. Most minor chips in teeth can be fixed with cosmetic dental bonding, while more significant damage may call for a crown. If this is the case, we use composite resins so that the repaired tooth looks natural.
When a tooth undergoes trauma and is fractured, a dental crown may be able to fix the damage, plus they’re longlasting and very natural in appearance.
Repair For Cracked, Chipped or Broken Tooth
Did you know tooth enamel is one of the toughest substances in your body? While it can be laid low by sugar and poor dental hygiene habits, it can also take physical damage from falls, collisions, or unexpected biting down on a solid piece of something.
Add a tooth with some stage of decay and these unpredictable life moments that end up with you in pain and in need of emergency dental care. This is where we tell you not to worry, and we mean it.
There are a number of things we can do to take away the pain, restore your dental health and bring back that sweet smile of yours!
Dental Filling & Bonding
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth is damaged, but the root is still in place, a root canal may be necessary to remove damaged pulp from the tooth. The canal is then cleaned, sealed, and normally covered with a dental crown.
A dental crown-type post is anchored into the tooth canal, creating a platform for dental implants–which fully replace a lost tooth.
Dental Crowns (Major Chips)
Cosmetic Bonding (Minor Chips)
Frequently Asked Questions About Cracked Teeth
Whether you crack a tooth, knock a tooth out, or break a tooth, you should immediately call an emergency dentist to help with tooth repair. Between the injury and your appointment taking the following steps can help deal with pain, prevent infection, and potentially help save the tooth.
- Cracked Teeth: If you think you have cracked one of your teeth, the first thing you should do is rinse out your mouth with warm water. Use an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your cheek to prevent swelling. Pain killing medicine like Advil or ibuprofen can be taken to both decrease pain
- Broken Teeth: The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth out with water to get rid of any bacteria. Stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. Use an ice pack or cold compress to decrease swelling and pain.
- Knocked Out Teeth: If you lose an adult tooth you should follow the same steps as above to handle pain, stop bleeding, and prevent infection. Additionally you should rinse off the tooth with warm water and put it in milk or a saline solution (or if possible, put it in your mouth and hold it against your cheek). Your dentist may be able to re-implant the tooth.
Yes, excessive grinding of the teeth can lead to cracked or damaged teeth. Bruxism can also lead to jaw pain and migraine headaches. If you are worried about nocturnal teeth grinding consider asking your dentist about wearing a fitted grind guard to prevent grinding when you sleep.
There are a variety of sports where a mouth guard can be helpful. We recommend that parents of high school athletes encourage their kids to wear mouth guards especially for any contact sports. Obviously if your son or daughter plays hockey, football, or lacrosse they should be wearing a mouth guard. That being said baseball, basketball & soccer players can also benefit from wearing one to prevent broken or knocked out teeth.
Chewing on ice is a bad habit that many individuals have. Ice is much harder than we might initially think and can be dangerous to chew on. Likewise some harder candies can also put extra pressure on your teeth. Combine this with existing fillings and you could be at a high risk for cracked or broken teeth. Avoid chewing ice or on anything rock hard.
Many people have dental crowns, veneers, implants, or bridges installed after teeth get damaged. While all of these dental solutions are designed to be durable and mimic the look and feel of your other teeth they can get damaged. If your crown or bridge gets damaged, call a dentist right away. When possible you should bring the broken crown or bridge with you to the dentist. A cold compress or ice pack should be applied to decrease swelling and help alleviate pain. Additionally ibuprofen or other pain killers can be taken to help treat pain before your dental appointment.
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