Broken Tooth

New Family Dental

General Dentists located in Arlington Heights, IL

A broken tooth can cause agonizing pain and may certainly send you into a panic. If you break or knock out a tooth, the highly skilled dentists at New Family Dental in Arlington Heights, Illinois, can help. You’re welcome to book a broken tooth exam online, although you can also call the office to speak with a team member about a same-day emergency appointment.

Broken Tooth Q & A

What causes a broken tooth?

Your teeth are incredibly strong and are designed to withstand tremendous force from chewing. But quickly bite down on something hard, like a piece of ice or a fork, and your tooth can break. Some of the most common causes of broken teeth include:

  • Blunt force to the face, which is common with sporting activities
  • Falling and hitting your jaw on a hard surface
  • Weakened tooth structure due to older fillings

You may have a small tooth fracture that doesn’t cause you pain (aside from cutting into your cheek or tongue), or you might have a more severe break that exposes your tooth root. It’s even possible to knock out a tooth completely because of any of the above circumstances.  

How do I care for a broken tooth?

If you have a broken or knocked-out tooth, it’s important to call New Family Dental right away for a same-day emergency treatment, even if you’re not in pain. A broken tooth can quickly become infected, which can become serious if left untreated. If you break a tooth, it’s important to:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Apply pressure with gauze if you’re bleeding
  • Place an ice pack on your face over your tooth

For a tooth that’s completely knocked out, it’s important to handle the tooth from the crown (the part above your gum line). Place it in a small container with enough saliva or milk to cover the root of the tooth until you visit New Family Dental. 

Can a broken tooth be fixed?     

Fixing a broken tooth is often possible, but which treatment you need depends on the severity of your break and whether or not there’s any nerve damage. 

For a minor chip or crack, for instance, your dentist at New Family Dental may simply need to reshape your tooth with a drill to smooth out the rough patches. They can even correct a chip or small crack with a dental veneer or bonding material. 

A deeper crack may require a filling to restore your tooth’s structure. But if you have a more severe broken tooth with a broken cusp, you could need a crown, and possibly a root canal. 

If the tooth is severely damaged, your dentist might recommend an extraction, followed by a dental implant or bridge to replace your missing tooth.

No matter how minor or how complex your broken tooth, the compassionate team at New Family Dental is dedicated to helping you restore your healthy smile. 

If you have a broken tooth, contact New Family Dental right away. You can book an appointment online or call to schedule an emergency dental visit.