Enamel is one of the strongest substances in our body, but it can also be very fragile under duress. A broken tooth can happen for many reasons and should be seen by your emergency dentist in Red Deer County, AB as soon as possible.
Dr. Darren Whitehead has years of training and expertise when it comes to emergency dental situations, so do not hesitate to give us a call.
Why Do Teeth Break?
Teeth can crack or break for the following reasons:
- Biting down on hard substances, like ice, hard candy, or even pens
- Chewing your nails
- Using your teeth as tools to open or tear things
- Accident or injury to the face
- Tooth decay
- Large fillings that require removal of the tooth structure
- Bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth)
- Enamel erosion
- Normal wear-and-tear over time
How Do We Treat Broken Teeth?
A cracked or broken tooth cannot be treated at home; it will need the care and attention of a professional dentist. You may not be able to see the crack in your tooth depending on where in your mouth it is located, but you may be able to feel it if you notice sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods, pain while chewing, or constant toothaches.
If you suspect that you have a broken tooth, we may be able to save it the sooner you come to see us. Broken teeth will not be able to heal on their own; they will only fracture further. If the crack reaches the tooth's pulp, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. Once the fracture reaches beyond the gum line, it may need to be extracted.
Dr. Whitehad can go over your tooth restoration options like dental implants or bridges that restore your smile and ability to eat and chew.
What Happens If I Don't Treat a Broken Tooth?
A broken or damaged tooth can allow harmful bacteria inside, creating the perfect environment for infection, decay, or abscess. Patients can also risk nerve damage, which may necessitate a root canal.
Call Us Immediately for Your Dental Emergency
All of your teeth serve an essential role and function; they are necessary for daily actions and quality of life. Losing a tooth can hinder your ability to chew, speak clearly, and maintain a balanced space in your smile.
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, call or stop by Gasoline Alley Dental as soon as you can. We are available for emergency dental services anytime you need us.