You get a sinking feeling as you realise what it is – a piece of broken tooth!
Broken teeth may not cause instant pain.
If the break has spread to the nerve, you might experience occasional discomfort while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold, but in some cases, there is no pain.
Whether you are in pain or not, see your Bondi dentist as soon as possible to check the health and condition of the cracked tooth and receive the necessary treatment to prevent further deterioration or problems.
Causes of Broken Tooth
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture), or break.
This can happen in several ways:
- Biting down on something hard
- Being hit in the face or mouth
- Having cavities that weaken the tooth
- Having large, old amalgam fillings that don’t support the remaining enamel of the tooth
What to do
If your tooth is broken, see your Bondi dentist right away. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become severely infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.
For the meantime, try the following measures:
- If you feel pain, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter painkiller. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.
- If the tooth has sharp edges, cover it with a piece of wax or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from biting your tongue, lip, or inner cheek.
- If you must, eat only soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.
Treatment for Broken Tooth
Teeth with small chips on the edges usually don’t cause any pain or complications, but your Bondi dentist may suggest a repair by smoothing the edge and placing a tooth-coloured filling.
This will prevent the rough edges from cutting your lips or tongue.
Seriously broken teeth may require more advanced treatments, as these problems may be due to decay.
A large cavity can cause fractures and breaks and, if ignored, will become very painful. Tooth cavities can cause infection along the exposed gum line and in the tooth pulp.
In cases such as these, a root canal treatment may be needed. Cracks and breaks can also expose your nerve endings, making the teeth sensitive to hot and cold air and foods.
Emergency Dentist in Bondi
Bondi Dental is here to help you with dental emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our modern, comfortable, and professional dental centre. Our dental clinic is open from Mondays to Sundays, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
We offer a comprehensive range of dental emergency services and can address any types of dental emergency cases, from an intense toothache to knocked-out tooth and damaged dental appliances.
We are comprised of highly skilled and responsive dental team. We can provide the best possible care to make you pain-free and at ease again.
We are located at 134 Curlewis St in Bondi Beach.