Have You Broken a Tooth?
Broken teeth come in all shapes and sizes. Breaks can have no effect on your tooth or can be catastrophic. It’s always best to arrange a consultation so we can check your tooth and treat it appropriately.
Consider the following questions when calling:
- Has your broken tooth affected your smile? If so – call immediately. Treatment is often simple and straight forward and we can have you smiling again in no time. If you have a fragment from a front tooth that has broken off – we can often re-bond it back into position. Please bring it in – it doesn’t have to be kept in milk, water or saliva in transit.
- Is your broken tooth cutting your tongue, cheek or lip? If so – we recommend booking in immediately. Broken teeth often have sharp edges that cut the surrounding tissues. Tongues especially can get sore very quickly if they rub against a broken tooth.
- Is your broken tooth now sensitive? If so, it is likely that the inside layer of the tooth is exposed and needs to be covered. Leaving the inner layer of the tooth exposed can result in irreversible inflammation of the dental pulp and bigger, more expensive problems to solve. Best to book a consultation and treat your tooth as soon as possible.
- Has a large piece of tooth or filling broken away and your tooth is not sensitive? So long as you can keep your tooth clean (food is not getting stuck between teeth for example) and it is not cutting your tongue, cheek or lip – urgent treatment may not be required. If the tooth is not sensitive when the tooth has broken – it often won’t be over the next week. A consultation is recommended within a week but you probably don’t need to panic.
- Has a small piece of tooth or filling broken away and your tooth is not sensitive? Urgent treatment is probably not required. For the ultimate peace of mind, a consultation is recommended so the appropriate treatment can be planned.
If your tooth has broken as a result of trauma – please visit our page for trauma here for advice.
How Do We Treat Toothache?
Before treating a broken tooth, we will carry out a thorough assessment of the situation. This will include a consultation with you to determine your options, preferences and budget. A range of treatment options will be presented and we will help you choose the right treatment for you.
Broken teeth are often repaired with a filling if the break is small or moderate in size. We only use modern, high quality, tooth coloured filling materials to restore a tooth’s function and aesthetics.