Learn More About Chipped or Broken Teeth

Chipped or broken teeth often result from trauma, such as from falling, or they are the result of excessive wear and tear. There is a possibility that the nerve inside the tooth may be exposed, causing pain and infection. At Brabham Smiles, we offer convenient care for those who have chipped or broken teeth at a reasonable cost. We understand that accidents happen, and we want to make sure you get the treatment you need as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our Dental Team Can Effectively Restore Your Chipped or Broken Teeth

Broken and chipped teeth are common dental injuries. While most chips are small and cause minimal damage, larger chips can expose the tooth’s inner layers and lead to infection or tooth loss.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, you may notice that your tooth feels sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. You may also see a crack or chip in your tooth when you look in the mirror. Chipped or broken teeth are not always an emergency, but seeing a dentist as soon as possible is recommended to avoid further damage to your tooth.

At Brabham Smiles, we offer a variety of dental procedures for chipped or broken teeth. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to simply smooth out the chip or restore your tooth with a filling. More severe cases may require a dental crown, veneer, or root canal therapy. Our dental team has years of experience managing dental injuries and will work with you to find the appropriate treatment for your needs.

Common Causes of Chipped or Broken Teeth

Chipped or broken teeth are most commonly caused by:

Dental Services that Can Address Chipped or Broken Teeth

Dental Crowns

Covering chipped or broken teeth with dental crowns prevents further damage or infection. In addition, a crown will strengthen the tooth and keep it in place in cases where the broken or chipped tooth is at risk of falling apart.

Dental Veneers

Usually made of porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers cover broken or chipped teeth. It is affixed to the front surface of the damaged tooth to improve its appearance and stability.

Dental Fillings

A filling material can be applied to the missing area of your chipped or broken tooth. Once the tooth-coloured filling is hardened in place, it will restore the strength and function of your tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

If the root canal of chipped or broken teeth are severely damaged, a root canal treatment may be required. Root canal therapy removes damaged tissues inside the teeth and seals them off to prevent infection and further damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Chipped or Broken Teeth

Broken and chipped teeth don’t always show signs. When they do, signs and symptoms include:

  • You feel a jagged surface when you run your tongue over your teeth.
  • An intermittent pain, especially when chewing or biting.
  • Gum irritation or inflammation around the chipped or broken tooth.
  • Your teeth are sensitive to sweet foods or changes in temperature.
  • Your tongue becomes irritated as it catches on the uneven and rough edges of the tooth.

If you have a broken or chipped tooth and are experiencing pain, you should see a dentist right away. While waiting for your appointment or before seeing your dentist, you may protect your cheek and tongue from being cut by the sharp edges of your chipped tooth by putting cotton on the offending tooth and biting down on it gently.

It is advisable to rinse your mouth with warm water immediately to flush out food particles and prevent further damage. You can relieve pain and inflammation by taking ibuprofen and applying a cold compress.

Brabham Smiles is passionate about helping each patient maintain optimal oral health. This is why we always recommend that patients see a dentist as soon as possible after sustaining a chipped or broken tooth. It is not just unsightly to have a broken or chipped tooth, but it may also make you more susceptible to dental problems.
Even though it may not seem like a serious issue, you can cut your tongue or cheek if a chipped or broken tooth has a jagged or sharp surface. In addition, it can expose the nerves or roots of the tooth, causing sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Worse yet, it may expose the inner structure of your tooth, making it more vulnerable to bacterial infection and dental abscess. Furthermore, a chipped or broken tooth can make it difficult to chew certain foods, affecting your diet and nutritional intake.

To keep your teeth healthy and prevent them from chipping or breaking, follow these tips:

  • Make sure you brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly.
  • After brushing your teeth, don’t rinse your mouth too much with water. This will remove the fluoride necessary for your teeth’s enamel to stay strong.
  • We recommend wearing a custom mouthguard when playing contact sports or engaging in activities with high fall risks.
  • Avoid biting into or chewing on hard foods such as ice or hard candy.
  • You should not use your teeth to open bottles or packages.
  • Avoid acidic and sugary foods and drinks as their sugar and acid content can erode your tooth enamel.
  • If you have bruxism or you clench your teeth when sleeping, we recommend that you wear a nightguard to protect your teeth from the constant force that may chip or break them.