Help, I Broke My Tooth!

Help, I Broke My Tooth!
Posted on 12/22/2017
Man putting his hand over his mouth

It may be depressing to hear, but broken teeth really aren’t terribly uncommon. You’ll find people who have broken their teeth from playing sports, riding bicycles, falling down, or even just simply eating lunch! No matter how a broken or fractured tooth occurs, the first step should always be the same – don’t panic! As awful as it may feel or look, modern dentistry is capable of providing solutions to repairing even the nastiest types of dental injuries. Now, having said all of that, there are many kinds of teeth injuries that a patient can suffer from, each of which requires a completely different method of dental treatment. As your cosmetic dentist and dental team serving those in and around Ponte Vedra Beach, we at the practice of Ronald W. Howland would like to give you a quick rundown of the most prevalent types of broken teeth and how we go about repairing them.

Minor Cracks

Minor cracks are also known as ‘craze lines.’ These tiny cracks will only affect the outer enamel and are actually very common to find in an adult’s teeth. These aren’t anything to be concerned about outside of the way that they look and they’ll rarely need treatment. To make it appear more attractive, your cosmetic dentist may lightly polish the tooth to smooth it out.

Chipped Teeth

The majority of dental injuries are chipped teeth. Thankfully, these are minor and typically easily repaired when treated quickly. To fix these injuries, the broken piece of enamel can be reattached or a tooth-colored filling can be bonded to the spot where the tooth was chipped. Bonding is a simple process where a tooth-colored composite resin will be attached to the chipped part and with the usage of an ultraviolet light, the resin will then harden and attach to the tooth, making the tooth look just as natural as it did before.

Fractured or Broken Cusp

This is when the break only affects the chewing surface of the teeth. The good news is that because these typically don’t bother the pulp of the tooth, they’re unlikely to cause much pain. The bad news is that broken cusps can often be unsightly and will require treatment to make these teeth look presentable once again. To repair a fractured or broken cusp, your cosmetic dentist can either restore the tooth’s shape with a filling or place a crown over the tooth to protect it and restore the tooth’s appearance.

Major Cracks

These are cracks in the tooth that are deep enough to expose the nerve. These will typically cause pain and sometimes even bleed. If you’re suffering from a major crack in your tooth, you should visit your cosmetic dentist as soon as possible; waiting can only cause the crack to deepen. You’ll need a root canal treatment to save the tooth (likely followed by a crown to restore the tooth’s function), but if the crack extends beneath your gum line, the tooth won’t be able to be saved and you’ll need to have it extracted.

Visit Your Ponte Vedra Beach Cosmetic Dentist!

If you break your teeth or suffer any other emergencies, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You can do so by filling out our appointment form or by giving us a call at (904) 273-0700. We hope that you won’t have to suffer through any of these situations, but if you do, we’ll always be here to help!

Ronald W. Howland Jr., D.M.D., P.A.

  • Ronald W. Howland Jr., D.M.D., P.A. - 3209 Sawgrass Village Circle Falls Building, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Phone: 904-273-0700

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