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Broken Tooth? Here’s What to Do Before You See an Emergency Dentist

September 8, 2021
Posted By: Sparkle Dental Care
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A broken tooth happens for any number of reasons. Maybe you bit into something hard unexpectedly. In some cases, a broken tooth is sports-related or results from mouth trauma.

No matter the reason, your emergency dentist in Fairfield, VIC can help. For example, if you have a broken tooth, we want you to contact our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics as soon as possible.

However, between your phone call to our clinic and your emergency dental appointment, there are steps you can take to ease your discomfort and possibly save your broken tooth.

In most cases, we treat dental emergencies on the same day.

Dealing with a Broken Tooth in Hampton, VIC

A broken tooth can be painful. If you experience pain from your broken tooth, we recommend rinsing with warm water and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever (if you’re medically allowed) until your emergency dental visit.

Tooth injuries can also be scary because you don’t want to lose your tooth. If your tooth has broken completely or in pieces, we recommend collecting the tooth or its parts and keeping the contents in a cup of milk until your emergency dental visit in Hampton, VIC. Taking this step may mean your dentist can reset the tooth.

We urge you to visit the hospital first if you’ve suffered a trauma aside from just your tooth—head or body, for example. We want you to be declared safe before you contact our dental clinic. Your well-being is essential to our entire dental team.

When a Tooth Is Only Chipped

In many cases, a small chip in your tooth does not cause pain. If you do not have tooth pain, we recommend keeping the area clean and not chewing on that side until your dental visit.

If the tooth is not painful and there is no swelling, you can typically wait a few days before seeing the dentist.

For a small chip, we may only bond the area with composite resin, a tooth-coloured material that hides tooth flaws, including chips and discolouration.

An inlay or onlay is another option—this is a method between a tooth-coloured filling and a dental crown.

A veneer is also a possibility. A dental veneer is a half shell that conceals many tooth flaws—from gummy smiles to short or chipped teeth.  

Restoring a Broken Tooth with a Dental Crown in Fairfield, VIC

If you have a broken tooth, your dentist may be able to reset it. However, if it is beyond resetting, we typically recommend a dental crown.

A dental crown caps your damaged tooth to the gum line, creating a buffer between your bite and your weakened tooth to prevent further fracture. The dental crown is customised to fit your tooth and match your adjacent teeth. As a result, it looks like a tooth and restores function.

When Your Broken Tooth Can’t Be Saved

Unfortunately, a tooth can break below the gum line or have significant decay, making it impossible to save.

The good news is that we offer tooth replacement options, including dental implants in Hampton and Fairfield, VIC. In addition, your dentist can evaluate your situation, including your budget and restoration goals, to help you make the best choice for your smile.

Let’s explore three popular tooth replacement options.

#1 Dental Implants

Dental implants are tooth root replacements. With this option, we can restore the entire anatomy of your lost tooth, including the crown. In addition, unlike other options, a dental implant may guard against bone loss in the jaw.

A dental implant is a fixed restoration—meaning only your dentist can remove it. It also does not require added maintenance. Instead, you treat it like a natural tooth.

#2 Partial Denture

A partial denture is an inexpensive option that relies on a special plate or arch. The plate or arch contains only the replacement tooth or teeth, customised to fill your smile gap. It uses gravity, clips, and suction for stability. For added support, ask your Fairfield cosmetic dentist about implant-supported prosthetics.

Apart from an implant-supported partial denture, you can remove your prosthetic to clean it and during sleep.

#3 Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a replacement tooth with a crown cemented on each side. The crowns cover healthy teeth. This forces the restoring teeth to close your smile gap.

Like a dental implant, a bridge is fixed and can only be removed by your dentist. In addition, it requires a few added steps to your oral care routine, including the use of a floss threader.

Other Common Dental Emergencies

At Sparkle Dental Care, we consider anything that causes a toothache, gum pain, or swelling a dental emergency. Additionally, anything that poses a risk to your oral health needs to be checked out by your dentist.

Common dental emergencies also include oral infections, broken fillings, broken crowns, or other damage to your restorations or prosthetics.

A broken filling or crown poses a risk to your tooth, making it vulnerable to fractures or infections. If you have a broken restoration, we recommend keeping it clean through rinsing and chewing on the other side until your emergency dental appointment in Hampton, VIC.

Emergency Dental Appointments in Hampton and Fairfield

If you have a dental emergency or suspect you might, we encourage you to contact our dental team as soon as possible.

Our goals are always to save your smile and relieve your pain.