Having a tooth broken or chipped is a common occurrence in the dental world. While it might seem scary, it isn’t an emergency, especially if the tooth itself hasn’t been moved from its position. Here’s what you need to know.
When a permanent tooth becomes chipped or fractured, it is very common for it to become sensitive. You’ll want to have it treated as soon as possible, but isn’t a dental emergency.
The dentist will attempt to restore the tooth. That occurs with either a filling or the missing tooth fragments if they are available. You may require some local anesthetic before treatment.
Pulp exposures are treated by a pulpotomy, which is a partial pulp removal technique.
Incisors can be restored with special cement. If the original tooth fragment is available, it can be attached through bonding.
A chipped or fractured tooth in a child is normally treated in the same manner as a permanent tooth. Treatment will depend on the extent of the injury and if there was any damage done to the tooth.
Other factors include:
• Nature of the fracture
• Position of the fracture
• Proximity of the injured tooth to permanent teeth
If the tooth is not repairable, the dentist will remove it instead.
If the tooth has been loosened or appears tender to the touch, no treatment might be needed. Instead, the dentist will collect information and keep an eye on the tooth. This will help to determine if there is damage to any underlying permanent teeth.
A loosened tooth might have a root fracture and shouldn’t be treated unless it will affect the permanent tooth. Most of the time primary teeth are removed in an effort to protect the permanent teeth that have yet to erupt into the mouth. If a primary tooth is removed, a space maintaining device will be placed in the empty spot.
Normally a broken or chipped tooth is not a concern and can easily be dealt with. Remain calm and give your 33950 dentist a call as soon as possible. Together you can determine the best course of action to take.