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Cracked Tooth? Why You Should Visit a Dentist Immediately

Have you got a cracked tooth? Have you been involved in an accident or have you been injured playing sport? If a tooth is cracked or you think you may have a broken tooth, it’s important to visit a dentist immediately.

Why it’s important to see a dentist if you have a cracked tooth

If you have a cracked tooth, it’s beneficial to seek advice from your dentist as quickly as possible. If the tooth is injured, it will be more vulnerable to further damage and it may become infected. When you see your dentist, they will assess the severity of damage and come up with solutions, which will be discussed with you. Leaving the tooth untreated could result in extensive damage and you may experience severe pain, especially when you try and eat or bite down on the tooth.

Solutions for a cracked tooth

If you’ve broken a tooth, your dentist will discuss possible treatment options with you. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the crack and any additional damage the injury has caused. If the tooth is slightly chipped, rather than broken, it may be possible to restore it using a filling or a technique called dental bonding. If the tooth is broken, it’s likely that a new crown will be required. Crowning a tooth involves placing a cap (also known as a crown) over the tooth. This helps to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. Crowns can be made from various materials, including metals and ceramics. We often recommend porcelain crowns, as these produce the most natural, aesthetically pleasing results.

Preventing dental damage

It’s not possible to avert every injury; however, there are certain things you can to try and protect your teeth, including:

  • Wearing a gum shield when you play sport
  • Wearing a seatbelt
  • Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
  • Avoiding using your teeth to open bottles or packets

If you’ve sustained a dental injury, and you need advice, call us now! We will do our best to have you pain-free as quickly as possible.

What To Do If You Break Your Tooth

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Ideally, your teeth should last a lifetime, but sometimes, accidents happen. There’s often nothing you can do to prevent dental trauma. The good news is that if you do sustain an injury, we are here to provide urgent relief. Here’s a guide to help you out if you break a tooth.

What to do if you break your tooth

Accidents often happen when we least expect them. One minute you’re fine and the next you’re on the floor, wondering what on earth happened. Falls, slips, sports injuries and car accidents are common causes of dental injury. If you do get injured, it’s always beneficial to know how to react.

If you break your tooth, it’s a good idea to call your dentist and arrange an emergency appointment. You may be able to see the damage, for example, you may have a large chip, but even if you can’t, it’s wise to get checked out. If you’ve damage the interior of the tooth, this may not be visible, but you might still need treatment.

When you see your dentist, they will probably carry out X-rays and examine your teeth to determine the extent of the damage and work out the best solutions. If you only have a minor chip, there’s nothing to worry about. It is possible to patch chips up using a technique called cosmetic bonding. If you have a fracture, you may need a filling or a crown. Occasionally, when the tooth is broken, the pulp tissue may be affected. This is the living part of the tooth and it contains your nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp is damaged, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure is done to remove damaged pulp tissue and replace it with filling material. The root canals are then sealed and a new crown is usually fitted. Treatment aims to strengthen the tooth, but it will also help to reduce the risk of further damage and infection. If you do need treatment, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen and how it will benefit you. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and tell your dentist if you feel nervous or worried. Our team is there to help and support you.

Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid accidents, but there are some steps you can take to protect your teeth. Always wear a seatbelt, use a mouth guard if you’re playing sport and never try and open bottles or cut labels off using your teeth.

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

The trouble with accidents is that they usually happen unexpectedly. We know all too well that dental injuries can occur at any time of the day which is why we provide a flexible emergency dental care system. We offer urgent same-day appointments as well as access to 24 hour care for registered patients.

Dental injuries

Dental injuries can occur as a result of trauma, road accidents, fighting, playing sport or even biting down on a hard sweet. If you’re in pain, we are here to help and will see you as quickly as we can.

There are many different types of injury that can arise as a result of an accident, poor oral hygiene or unexpected trauma. The first thing we’ll do is examine you to determine the extent of the injury and decide the best course of action. Our aim is to have you pain-free and comfortable as soon as possible.

Types of dental injury and emergency dental problems include jaw injuries, dental abscesses, and broken or dislodged teeth. In some cases, we may provide temporary treatment and then arrange a subsequent appointment to provide a more long-term solution.

What to do if you have a tooth knocked out

If one of your teeth gets knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth if you are able to get to the practice fast enough. While you are on your way, hold the tooth in a glass of milk or place it in between your gum and the inside of the cheek, and avoid touching the roots of the tooth.

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