Broken and Cracked Teeth

Life comes at us unexpectedly sometimes, and dental emergencies are no exception. Car collisions, sporting events, or fluke accidents can leave us with a broken tooth or cracked tooth. If you find yourself in this situation, Vanguard Dental Group can help!

Why Do I Need to Get My Broken Tooth Fixed?

Not every broken or cracked tooth is an emergency. If the damage is small enough, it will not do any harm to wait a few days for an appointment. However, you will still need to get the break or crack looked at, eventually.

There are several reasons for this:

Exposed Pulp | The inner tissues of the tooth—called pulp—are filled with blood vessels and nerves, making them soft and sensitive. Normally the enamel protects the pulp from damage, infection, and invasive particles. However, a cracked or broken tooth means that the enamel has been damaged, leaving the inner tissues susceptible.  

Worsening the Damage | When a cracked tooth or broken tooth is not treated in a timely manner, the regular chewing, biting, and overall use that your teeth are subjected to may widen the cracks or breaks. This risks exposing more of the inner tissues to particles and infection.

Dental Pain | When the pulp is exposed to decay or damage, it causes a great deal of dental pain. The sooner we can repair a crack or break, the sooner we can heal any pain or discomfort.

Dealing With Cracked or Broken Teeth

If you have experienced a crack or break, follow these tips to take care of the issue until you can come into our office.

  1. If there are any sharp edges, cover them with something like orthodontic wax. This will protect the rest of your mouth from further damage.
  2. If any pieces have come off completely, gather them up, rinse them gently, and bring them with you to the office. 
  3. Use gauze or cotton balls to put pressure on any bleeding that may occur.

Using Dental Crowns to Repair a Broken Tooth

Here in our office, we provide dental crowns as a way to repair badly damaged teeth.

Dental crowns replace the visible biting surface of your tooth. In cases where it is too damaged to patch or fill, a replacement dental crown is used instead. This crown is a custom-designed cap that covers your damaged tooth, restoring the protection that the enamel used to give.

Dental crowns are customized to uniquely fit your mouth and your smile. They look great, feel natural, and work exactly like your original tooth. See our page about Same Day Dental Crowns, for more information on this restoration process.

Talk to Us About Broken or Cracked Tooth Repair

If you have experienced a cracked tooth or broken tooth, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’ll gladly answer your questions about teeth repair and dental crowns, and we can schedule you for an appointment.