The enamel that protects your teeth is the hardest tissue in the body, but even tooth enamel has its limits! If a piece of your tooth has broken off, you should see a dentist immediately.
What is a broken or chipped tooth?
A broken or chipped tooth is a tooth that is missing all or part of its crown.
Why does this occur?
Teeth may become fractured for a variety of reasons, including trauma, grinding, clenching, decay, or even a loose filling. Common causes of chipped or broken teeth are:
- Chewing ice, hard candy, nuts, popcorn kernels, and other hard foods
- Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)
- Practicing such contact sports as martial arts, wrestling, football, etc
- Using teeth as a tool to open bottles, packages; to break tape and tag
What are the symptoms and risks of having a broken or chipped tooth?
If your tooth is broken or chipped, you may experience discomfort on chewing, irritation to the gum, lips or tongue caused by a sharp tooth structure, and increased sensitivity due to dentine or nerve exposure. Since the tooth has become weakened, there is a risk that the tooth will become further damaged.
What can I do until I see a dentist?
Until you are able to see a dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory , unless you are allergic.
What will the dentist do?
This will depend on the reason for the breakage and the extent of the damage. Typically, the dentist can restore a broken or chipped tooth using filling material. If the damage is extensive, a root canal or even an extraction may be indicated. If you have a minor chip, it may not be necessary to do anything.
Do you have a broken tooth or a chipped tooth?
We are a general and cosmetic dental Practice in Preston. If you have a broken or chipped tooth, please call our treatment Coordinator ;Yvonne on 01772-726932 to arrange for an emergency consultation appointment.