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What Happens If I Break a Tooth?

Posted on June 26th, 2019 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

Breaking a tooth can be painful and annoying, but when it happens, you’ll need to schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist. Broken teeth can not only ruin your smile, but they can also affect every tooth around them. If you have broken a tooth badly enough you may need to get dental implants in Gold Coast Chicago. Always talk to your dental professional if you have experienced an oral injury.

What Causes a Broken Tooth?

A broken tooth can be caused by a variety of things. A tooth can crack or break from clenching your jaw, tripping or falling, cavities or decay, or even from eating hard or chewy foods. Cracking, breaking, or damaging a tooth is actually pretty common.

What Happens If You Wait to Treat It?

If you have broken or damaged a tooth you should call your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment! If you wait to fix a damaged tooth it can lead to further decay of the tooth root and make the treatment procedure more invasive. A damaged tooth can affect the teeth surrounding it as well. Your teeth positioning could shift leading to an altered bite, which could cause more cracking over time.

What Are My Options for Fixing It?

There are multiple options out there to fix a broken tooth. One option is a filling, a filling is when only a small piece of enamel has chipped off and needs repair. If the crack is more severe your dentist may consider using a veneer to cover the broken section. When a tooth has completely fallen out you may need to get a dental implant in Gold Coast Chicago. A dental implant is used to replace the root of a tooth with a screw rod that an artificial tooth will be fixed to. Don’t hesitate to call Chicago Smile Design for emergency dental care at (312) 698-3318 or schedule an appointment on our website.

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