I Broke My Tooth! What Do I Do Now?

I Broke My Tooth! What Do I Do Now?An instant can change everything. If you have ever been in a car wreck or any type of accident, you know how quickly things can go from fine to catastrophe. Breaking a tooth may not be as traumatic as some accidents, but it can feel like an emergency in the moment. If you have broken a tooth, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as you can. Your dental team in Mansfield, TX can help you assess the damage and restore the tooth. 

Surface Breakage

There are instances when damage to a tooth only affects the outer layer of enamel. It may not immediately allow access to the sensitive inner areas of the tooth, however, it does still weaken the tooth. Even a tooth with cosmetic damage is more vulnerable to further breakage and even decay. Restoring a cosmetically damaged tooth with cosmetic bonding can help protect the tooth. A porcelain veneer can be custom-created to cover the cosmetic damage. Minor chips may not need to be treated at all, but can be smoothed and polished for a more uniform appearance.

Deeper Damage

If you have a severely broken tooth, the inner areas of the tooth may become infected with bacteria. In order to save the tooth from a necessary extraction, it will need to be treated quickly. A root canal treatment can be done to disinfect the inner chambers of the tooth, remove any damaged parts of the tooth, and restore the inner areas. After a root canal treatment is done, a crown can be placed on the tooth to permanently restore and protect it. Allowing a severely damaged tooth to be left untreated can have detrimental effects on your smile’s overall health.

Talk to your dentist if you have a broken tooth

The extent of the damage will determine the next step, but it is important to talk to your dentist about a broken tooth. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.