People can break a tooth in many ways, even doing something they’ve done many times before. Chewing ice or trying to open something with your teeth are just two of the more mundane ways to break a tooth. Other ways, such as a fall, an accident, or getting hit in the mouth by something are other more common ways. In all cases, it is important to see a dentist as soon as you can to have your tooth and entire mouth checked out.
Some of the reasons to see a dentist right away include:
- Pain – A broken tooth can expose nerves, which will cause pain when you eat or drink – or touch your tongue to the tooth
- Difficulty eating – Beyond pain, a broken tooth can keep you from eating properly, which can impact your digestion
- Oral injuries – A broken tooth can cut the inside of your mouth or tongue, which can increase the chances of oral infection
- Decay – A broken or cracked tooth can begin the process of tooth decay and cavities
- Appearance – A broken tooth can may keep you from smiling and socializing, impacting your personal and professional life
How to Fix a Broken Tooth
There are several ways Dr. Whitmore can fix your broken tooth. Dental bonding can be used on a tooth that has a small chip or crack in it. Bonding material is shaped and can be matched to your natural tooth color. Fillings are used to repair small breaks in molars, which occur when chewing ice or other foods. Dental crowns are best when the break covers most of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Whitmore may recommend a dental implant if the broken tooth needs to be removed, or was knocked out in the initial damage.
Whatever caused your tooth or teeth to break, Dr. Whitmore can help. If it is an emergency, Dr. Whitmore can accommodate you, even if it is after hours. Fixing your broken tooth and getting you healthy again is the main goal.
If you have a broken tooth you need fixed, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to request a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.