A chipped tooth is a common problem that we take care of at our center for cosmetic dentistry Clearwater. A chip could happen when you bite into something hard, such as an ice cube, piece of crusty bread, nut or hard candy. Chips may also occur in teeth that have been weakened by a large amalgam filling. Getting a small chip in a tooth may not cause a lot of pain, but you may feel the chip with your tongue. A large chip in a tooth often causes immediate pain. The sharp edges could hurt or even cut your tongue or cheeks, which is why it is important to get the chip treated as quickly as possible. Dr. Hampe offers several solutions to repair and restore a chipped tooth. One option is to use composite material for bonding the tooth. This is the same material used for fillings. A veneer may also be used to correct a chipped tooth. In some cases, you may need a crown for the chipped tooth. Dr. Hampe may recommend a crown if your chipped tooth already has a large filling.
Cracks in a tooth require immediate treatment at our emergency dentist’s office. A crack in a tooth often results from large areas of decay. When a tooth has a large amalgam filling, the remaining tooth structure may not be strong enough to support the filling. Additional decay could develop around the filling, weakening the tooth. A tooth could also crack from an impact to your face. If you bite into something hard, such as an ice cube, the force could be enough to crack a tooth that already has a weak spot. Cracked teeth cause pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold. When you bite into food, you may not have any pain. Releasing the bite usually causes pain. Dr. Hampe offers a range of treatments for a cracked tooth. Bonding, which is a process of filling in the crack, may be an option for a shallow or small crack in the enamel. You may need root canal therapy followed by a crown if the crack goes deeper into the structure of your tooth. In some cases, a support post may need to be inserted into the tooth in order to support the crown. If a nerve or blood vessel was damaged, you might need oral surgery or other dental treatments. For a crack that extends all the way through the tooth, an emergency extraction may be the only option to relieve your pain. When a cracked tooth requires extraction, a dental implant could restore your smile.
Broken Tooth Emergencies
With a broken tooth, part or even all of the tooth may fall out. Biting into something hard, falling onto your face or getting struck in the face by a hard object could all cause your tooth to break. A tooth with severe decay could break even if you do not bite into something hard. It is important to seek emergency dental care for a broken tooth. For most people, a broken tooth causes immediate and intense pain. This is because the break goes all the way through the tooth, exposing its nerve. After calling Dr. Hampe to make an appointment for emergency treatment, rinse your mouth with warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, apply gauze to the area. Hold the gauze firmly in place for at least ten minutes. A wet tea bag is a good alternative if you do not have any gauze. Dampen the tea bag with tap or bottled water. Gently press it onto the area of your broken tooth. Wrap a cold pack in a towel and apply it to your face in the area of the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and pain until Dr. Hampe can treat you. You could also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help with pain control, swelling and inflammation.
Treatments for a Broken Tooth
When a tooth breaks, Dr. Hampe offers several treatment options. Most people will need a root canal for a broken tooth. Root canal treatment removes the exposed nerve. A root canal requires one or two visits. The treatment provides pain relief and prevention of infection. Dr. Hampe places medication into the tooth’s pulp in order to prevent an infection. After root canal therapy, you will need a crown. The crown restores functionality to your mouth, allowing you to bite and chew properly. Some people may not qualify for root canal therapy. Multiple vertical breaks or a severe infection in the tooth might disqualify you from root canal treatment. Severe decay that goes all the way to the bone also disqualifies patients for a root canal. In such cases, the broken tooth is extracted. A dental implant or bridge replace the natural tooth so you can bite, chew and smile.
When you chip or break a tooth, contact us as quickly as possible. Dr. Hampe offers same-day evaluations to determine the extent of the damage to your tooth. You will be provided with treatment options based on your tooth’s health, your overall oral health and your personal preferences. Prompt care for your broken tooth could also prevent other oral health problems. Call us today to get the treatment you need for a chipped or broken tooth.