Naturally our teeth are pretty strong, just think about the years of wear and tear that all of our smiles are put through. Even though teeth are meant to be plenty durable, there are unforeseen events that happen that can easily cause one of your teeth to break. Nor matter how you broke your tooth the important part is knowing how to properly care for a tooth that is broken. A broken tooth can range from a small chip to a full on break that leaves your mouth completely susceptible to infection.
If you break a tooth, the sensation is something that you’ll know right away. Often times breaking a tooth can be painful and in some cases health threatening, especially if you do not take proper care of the broken tooth. From chips to cracks and major tooth fractures, it’s important that you the steps to take in the event of a tooth break.
Teeth are all made up of enamel, dentin, and the pulp. The hard coating on the teeth is known as the enamel. The main portion of the tooth is known as the dentin and the pulp is a part of the tooth that holds all of the blood vessels and nerves that keep the teeth alive. If you happen to break a tooth, you’ll want to be able to determine a rough idea of how far the tooth is broken to determine what actions are best to take.
In many cases breaking a tooth usually results in a chip that removes some of the enamel on the affected tooth. Even though a chip is a relatively easy break to fix, it can still be plenty painful though the after effects are usually more cosmetic than they are harmful. Minor tooth chipping doesn’t put you in a position where immediate dental care is required but checking in with your dentist to ensure that no part of the dentin is exposed because of the break is ideal.
In more serious breaks patients may find that enough enamel was lost that then causes the dentin to be exposed. This can lead to sensitivity but again does not leave a patient highly susceptible to tooth loss or extreme health problems. The one type of break to truly worry about is one that leaves your tooth bleeding.
In the event that you break your tooth enough that it begins to bleed, seeking medical attention is highly advised. A tooth that is bleeding is more than likely one that has some sort of damage to the pulp, which means that a call to your dentist should be made immediately. If left untreated a tooth with a damaged pulp can become infected and the infection can spread throughout your body. Use warm water to rinse your mouth and use a cold compress to help ease the pain and reduce any swelling. However, all patients with a bleeding broken tooth should seek help from their dentist.
Fixing a broken tooth will depend on the extent of the damage. Some patients may just require dental bonding in order to replace the lost enamel while others may need a root canal along with a dental crown in order to clean the tooth of any infection and properly protect it from any new infection. Patients with severe breakage may lose their tooth altogether and may require a dental implant to replace it.
Did you recently break a tooth? If so be sure to call Collins Dentistry & Aestheitcs at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, in order to ensure that you receive the right treatment. Remember a severely broken tooth will require medical attention so that any infection does not spread and so that your tooth can be saved.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788