Whether you were playing a contact sport or accidentally tripped and fell, cracked or chipped teeth unfortunately happen. Here’s what you should do when you crack a tooth, and how Mountain Aire Dentistry can help!
Cracks or chips in a tooth can happen just by normal wear as we age, or it can be a result of an injury or accident. In the event something like this happens to a tooth of yours, you will experience uncomfortable symptoms, ranging from:
If you have any of these symptoms due to a cracked or chipped tooth, you’ll need to make an appointment to come see our dentist, Dr. Robert Berry, as soon as possible. When you experience trauma to the tooth and have the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above, seeing the dentist as soon as possible could be what saves your tooth altogether. The sooner you see a dentist, the more likely it is that your original tooth can be saved and treated, getting you back to your regular routine in no time. However, if left untreated, further dental work will be needed.
Along with the symptoms we mentioned above, there will be visible signs that you have a crack in your tooth. Healthline explains that cracks can appear as:
The treatment of your cracked tooth depends on the type of crack that it is. The American Association of Endodontists explains that in many cases, a filling or crown can be placed over the damaged area of the tooth to protect it. If the tooth is chipped, it can typically be repaired by either reattaching the broken piece of tooth enamel or by bonding a tooth-colored filling or crown to fill the chipped hole.
Here at Mountain Aire Dentistry, while we encourage you to make recurring visits for routine cleanings and checkups, we understand that emergencies and accidents happen. If you have a dental emergency, like a chipped tooth, come see us. Dr. Berry provides emergency dentistry so you have a solution for all of your dental needs. The dental emergency services we provide care for include:
While we provide emergency dental services, if you were involved in an accident that caused trauma to your head or neck, we recommend going to the emergency room before calling us, even if your smile was affected too. It is important to make sure you don’t have any life-threatening injuries before coming in to correct your injured smile.
Our team is passionate about helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or just have a question on what to do in case of dental emergency, please give us a call today at (303)-731-7755.