Chipped Tooth

What Do I Do If I Have a Chipped Tooth?

Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can make the difference between keeping and losing your tooth. If you have encountered a dental emergency in the past, but did not know what to do, then this article is for you. Find out what you should do when you have a chipped tooth below!

What Causes a Chipped Tooth or Broken Tooth?

Getting a chipped tooth is easier than you might think, because there are several things that may cause one of your teeth to chip. Common causes of a chipped tooth include biting down on something hard, being hit, falling, having a weakened tooth due to tooth decay or having old amalgam fillings.


How to Handle a Cracked Tooth?

A cracked or fractured tooth is something that should be treated right away, because this can cause a considerable amount of pain. In some cases, patients will not notice anything out of the ordinary on the tooth itself, but feel a sharp pain in the tooth once they eat hot or cold foods. The pain can then dissipate temporarily, at least until the next meal.

Patients that have a cracked or fractured tooth can also suffer from continuous pain. If the pain is constant, it could mean that the patient has a damaged nerve or blood vessel. For that reason, make sure you book an appointment with your dentist right away when you suspect you have a cracked or fractured tooth.

How Do I Handle a Broken Tooth?

Similar to a cracked tooth, if you have suffered a broken tooth, you need to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. If the broken tooth was caused by a cavity, it could put the nerve of the tooth in danger. If left untreated, the damaged nerve can actually require a root canal treatment.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get an appointment with your dentist right away, so there are some things you can do until you can see your dentist. First, make sure you rinse your mouth with some warm water. Then, apply pressure on the affected area with some gauze. If there is some bleeding, you can apply the gauze for ten minutes until the bleeding has stopped.

When the patient experiences swelling, the patient can also apply a cold pack on the outside of the face to reduce the swelling and relieve some of the pain. If the pain seems severe, the patient can also take some over-the-counter medication.


How Does the Dentist Treat Cracked or Broken Teeth?

The treatment for cracked or broken teeth can vary considerably from patient to patient. Here is a short overview of the various treatments possible for cracked or broken teeth.

  • Superficial cracks: superficial cracks, also known under the name craze lines, often do not require treatment. However, the dentist can polish the teeth to smooth out some of the cracks and ensure bacteria does not pile up in the lines.
  • Cracked teeth: a cracked tooth can affect the entire structure of the tooth and spread over time, which is why a cracked tooth needs to be repaired with filling material. IN some cases, the dentist will also need to place a crown to protect the structure of the tooth.
  • Chipped teeth: a chipped tooth usually needs to be treated with a filling material; this to prevent the problem from spreading and affecting the entire tooth. In some cases, the dentist will also use the filling material to improve the aesthetics of the teeth.
  • Broken cusps: a broken cusp can affect the chewing surface of your teeth. While they are unlikely to have a negative impact on the pulp of the teeth, or cause pain, the damage needs to be repaired to restore the shape of the tooth.
  • Broken teeth: a seriously broken tooth could expose the nerve of the tooth; this can cause a considerable amount of pain and increase the sensitivity of the tooth. In many cases, the patient will require a root canal treatment to remove the affected nerve, as well as a crown to protect the tooth and restore its normal function.
  • Split teeth: a split tooth is rarer than a broken or chipped tooth, because this particular injury causes the tooth to split vertically in two parts. In some cases, the dentist may have to remove the nerve during root canal treatment, although some cases are known where one of the nerves of the tooth could be maintained. However, in some extreme cases, the root of the tooth expires, which leads to the full removal of the tooth.
  • Decay breaks: a break caused by decay is characterised by a crumbling tooth, since the cavity affected the structure of the tooth. The treatment for decay breaks depends on the degree of the decay, so in extreme cases, the affected tooth may have to be removed. However, if the decay is controlled, the dentist may choose to restore the tooth.

What If I Lost Several Teeth Due to an Accident or Tooth Decay, But Do Not Have Enough Jawbone for Normal Dental Implants?

Accidents do happen and sometimes teeth cannot be saved. If this is the case, there are some treatments you can take advantage of. Dental implant procedures are usually the first thing to look at, but what happens if you do not have the jawbone for normal dental implants? Or when you do not have the funds to undergo lengthy and expensive bone grafting procedures?

All-on-4 dental implants can be compared to normal implants, but contrary to using the normal number of implants to replace missing teeth, oral surgeons will use four implants to carry a whole arch of teeth. While all-on-4 dental implants are usually used by people who have lost multiple teeth because of tooth decay, they can also be a solution for patients with several missing teeth due to an accident.

To learn more about all-on-4 dental implants, patients can visit the information pages about all-on-4 dental implants on our website. Alternatively, we also organise free information evenings about all-on-4 dental implants, where patients can speak to some of the world’s experts on all-on-4.



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