Your teeth are not invincible and can be susceptible to breaks, chips, and cracks. This type of tooth problem can cause sensitivity or discomfort for your mouth. Broken teeth are classified as serious injuries and should be treated as such. If your tooth has been broken, you should call us for immediate emergency dental care.

Causes of Broken Teeth

Broken teeth can be caused by a number of different factors. Even though the enamel around your tooth is a very strong tissue (the strongest tissue in your body) it can’t protect your teeth from everything. Typically, most broken teeth cases that we evaluate had been caused from physical activity taken to the mouth or from extended decay of the tooth over time.

Here are other common causes of broken teeth:

  • Chewing on hard foods
  • Grinding teeth
  • Untreated cavities

Symptoms of a Broken Tooth

Broken teeth may or may not exhibit pain. This depends on how the tooth broke, which tooth broke, and how much the tooth broke. If your tooth broke at the gumline, you typically will feel pain as the tooth most likely has a deep break.

Here are some common symptoms of a broken tooth:

  • Pain when chewing or eating
  • Sensitivity when exposing the tooth to hot or cold temperatures
  • Throbbing sensation in the area of the broken tooth

Broken teeth are considered dental emergencies and should be assessed by a dentist immediately. If you are unsure if you have a broken tooth or not, call our team of dentists for an evaluation.

What To Do For a Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can seem scary, but following this guide can help provide relief for your broken tooth until you can come into our dentist office.

  • If you have the broken portion of your tooth, place it in a cup of milk or your own saliva to preserve it
  • Rinse your mouth out with salt water
  • If you are in pain, take over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Cover the sharp edges of your tooth with a piece of wax or sugar-free gum

Contact Your Emergency Dentist

If you need emergency dental care, call us today using the button below. A broken tooth is a dental emergency and we would want to get you into our dentist office as soon as possible.

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