Chipped, Broken & Worn Down
Repairing a chipped or broken tooth
Have you chipped or broken a tooth? This can happen from a variety of reasons including trauma and wear & tear.
Tooth wear result in chips here and there, or they can wear away along the biting edge with grinding over the years. So what can be done about it?
- Dental contouring and reshaping can correct chipped, cracked, crooked, or even overlapping teeth. This procedure can also alter the shape, length, or position of teeth.
- Porcelain dental veneers can be used to correct severely chipped, broken and worn down teeth quickly and easily, these are ultra fine facings of high-strength dental porcelain to cover the front surfaces of teeth and disguise underlying cosmetic concerns.
Broken tooth no pain?
A broken tooth with no pain is not considered a dental emergency. If you have chipped your tooth and it has broken and there is no pain then it is perfectly acceptable to visit the dentist at the next available appointment time. If you have a very loose tooth or bleeding from around the tooth then this would be considered a dental emergency and you should contact your dentist immediately.
Teeth that are severely worn down cannot be whitened but they can be restored to their former glory with porcelain veneers. The length’s of the teeth can be restored, and you can get back the natural curve of your smile line restoring the lengths of your teeth.
How to stop a toothache from a broken tooth
If you have severe pain and/or the tooth or gum bleeding around where it has broken then you should seek urgent dental advice. If there is no bleeding in or around the tooth then rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any broken pieces of tooth (warm water is less likely to make your teeth sensitive), then apply a cold compress to your cheek in the same place as the toothache, this will keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Taking over-the-counter painkillers can also help.
How can I temporarily fix a broken tooth?
It’s possible to purchase over-the-counter temporary teeth fillings. These can be useful if you are on holiday and the tooth breaks. A broken tooth can be sensitive and using these temporary filling is can help to reduce the sensitivity. You should however NOT use them as a permanent solution. You may inadvertently trapped bacteria or food underneath the temporary filling, if left this can develop into tooth decay and you can cause more damage to your tooth. Temporary fillings should always be used as the name suggests, temporarily. Always visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Broken tooth extraction
In some extreme circumstances it may be necessary to extract a broken tooth, this will only be done if you requested or there is no other viable alternative to save the tooth, such as a dental crown or root canal treatment. Extractions will always be done under complete anaesthetic and should be totally painless.