Teeth that are broken, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged are not as uncommon as we might think. Throughout your life, you will almost certainly have a few damaged teeth that need to be seen by a dentist.
Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth can be painful, depending on the depth of the damage, but treatment is available for almost any situation.
What Causes Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth?
Damaged teeth can come suddenly from trauma or from longtime habits that gradually wear your teeth down. Most common causes include:
- Sudden Trauma: Getting hit in the mouth or jaw area can cause damage to your teeth. If you experience mouth/tooth pain after such an event, contact your dentist immediately.
- Bruxism: Otherwise known as ‘night grinding’ this longtime bad habit can lead to broken, cracked, and chipped teeth. Night grinding wears down the enamel that protects your teeth, and leaves them susceptible to damage.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Your teeth are covered by strong enamel, but you have to take care of it through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Bad habits can catch up to you, causing cavities and other problems.
- Biting on Something Hard: One bad bite on ice or hard candy can get you a damaged tooth in return. Even if you often chew on hard substances without a problem, you never know when that can suddenly cause a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth!
Our team is equipped to handle either situation, so if you need broken tooth repair, call today!
Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Tooth Treatment Options
Whatever reason you now have a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, you have several treatment options. Each situation is different, and our highly-trained team at Aspen Ridge Dental will be able to identify the best treatment method for you.
Common Tooth Repair Treatments
- Dental Bonding: Resin material is bonded to your existing tooth to fill in cavities or improve the color of your teeth, and is also great for cracked tooth repair.
- Dental Crowns: Crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth. This is a common treatment option for large cavities.
- Tooth Extraction: Sometimes the best option is just to remove the tooth entirely. If this is the broken tooth repair method recommended for you, ask about our dental implant tooth replacement options.
- Dental implants: Should a tooth extraction be required, our team is uniquely suited to replace those teeth. Dr. Youmans is the only dentist in Wyoming who is board certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology.
- Veneers: Veneers are an increasingly popular chipped tooth repair treatment option. A veneer is a thin, tooth colored shell that is placed over the chipped or otherwise damaged tooth.
Is It an Emergency?
A broken, cracked, or chipped tooth is not a pleasant experience, but it is not always cause for immediate alarm. You should seek chipped tooth repair immediately if you are experiencing a lot of pain or there are sharp fragments in your mouth. If you have noticed some damage to your tooth, but you don’t have any pain, you can make an appointment in a few days’ time.
Regardless of the damage, once you notice you have a damaged tooth you need to make an appointment with your dentist. Damaged teeth do not get better on their own, and they will require specialized treatment by a trained professional.
Contact Aspen Ridge Dental Today for Cracked Tooth Repair
Our compassionate and highly-trained staff are available to answer questions about your oral health and address your concerns about dental treatment.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, either from a traumatic event or from daily life, feel free to contact us today.