Breaking a tooth may sometimes be considered a dental emergency depending on the severity of damage. Teeth are incredibly strong, but they are not invincible. We only get one set of adult teeth, so it is important that you do everything you can to protect your smile. If you have suddenly broken a tooth, call our West Palm Beach emergency dentist right away. Our team can help you identify the severity of your emergency and make the appropriate recommendations for treatment. Keep reading to learn more about what to do if you have suddenly broken a tooth.
There are a few clear signs that can help you understand if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Signs that you are experiencing a dental emergency include:
-broken tooth with sharp edge
-tooth has broken into pieces
If your tooth has been completely knocked out or broken, collect the pieces and place them in a tissue or you can put them in milk. Do not grab a tooth by the root, and instead pick it up by the chewing surface. Any damage to the tooth root may cause permanent damage to the tooth and could prevent you from being able to repair it. Try to get to our West Palm Beach emergency dentist within 30 minutes of losing the tooth so that we can try to reattach the tooth. If you are unable to get to our office in that window of time, other restorative treatments would be recommended.
A broken tooth may not be able to be repaired. If you have broken a tooth that leaves a sharp edge, it could be a hazard to the rest of your mouth. A sharp edge can cut the inside of your mouth and lead to future injury, so our West Palm Beach emergency dentist recommends coming in to get it checked out. Any fracture or crack in the tooth that reaches the gum line or the core of the tooth could leave your smile at risk. Bacteria can collect in the core of your tooth and lead to an infection. This could put your other healthy teeth and gums at risk for major oral health issues. Our team can repair a broken tooth to prevent further damage to your smile.
One way to help prevent future dental health emergencies is to use a mouth guard if you will be playing high contact sports. Most broken teeth occur due to sports injury, and the likelihood of this type of injury is more common in the summertime. You should also avoid using your teeth to open containers or bottles. While some may consider this skill a party trick, your teeth can easily break this way! Protect your smile by minimizing your risk for a broken tooth.
Call our West Palm Beach emergency dentist if you have any further questions about how to protect your smile. Call our office to book your next dental cleaning and check-up. You can reach our team by calling (561) 686-2077 or by filling out a contact request form directly on our site. We look forward to helping you protect your smile, so call today!