Broken teeth may be at risk for immediate infection and require intervention from your dentist as soon as possible.
A broken tooth may not be very painful right away, but without treatment, we fear that pain and infection will set in and compromise your well-being and your adjacent teeth.
Drs Patrick Rourke, Cheng Zhang or Amy Calvin will take measures to save and restore your tooth, or they may recommend full extraction and tooth replacement.
Repairing a Broken Tooth
In some situations, a tooth break is not total, and there is enough healthy tooth left for a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that goes over your prepared tooth, and it is designed to match your adjacent teeth. This restoring option creates a safe zone between your bite and your fractured tooth to prevent further damage or tooth loss.
Extraction of a Broken Tooth
If your tooth breaks below the gum line, or there is not enough tooth left to support a dental crown, your dentist may recommend a gentle extraction followed by tooth replacement.
Our tooth replacement options include dental implants and dental bridges.
Dental implants restore your tooth and its root, which makes it a favourite replacement option for many patients. If you have multiple broken teeth that cannot be restored, your dentist may also recommend an implant-supported restoration as well. This means an arch of replacement teeth secured with four to six dental implant posts.
A dental bridge bridges the gap in your smile with restoring teeth anchored by dental crowns.
When Your Tooth Is Knocked Out Completely
If your tooth is knocked out completely, we recommend collecting the tooth or pieces—taking care not to handle the root—and placing it in a cup of milk or saliva until your emergency dental appointment. With timely intervention, your emergency dentist may be able to restore the tooth to the gum.
To help avoid this level of trauma to your mouth, we recommend a custom mouthguard to protect your smile during sports and rough play. Ask your dentist for details.
Contact us as soon as possible if you have broken a tooth
Broken teeth may put you at risk for infection or further tooth loss. We encourage you to reach out to a team member as soon as possible if you have a broken tooth or damaged restoration.