A broken tooth is a common dental injury. Your tooth can become broken in the course of day-to-day activities, such as while eating popcorn or hard candy. Or it may be cracked and broken by a blow to the mouth during a car accident or sports game. While this type of injury can be frightening, it is also highly treatable. Our dental team offers consultations, diagnoses, and treatments for broken teeth.
Teeth are made of similar material to bone, which means that they are extremely hard. The enamel coating on teeth is actually the hardest substance in the human body. However, it can still be cracked, chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged. The teeth are commonly damaged by foods such as ice, dried fruit, popcorn kernels, hard candy, soda, alcohol, and energy drinks. Foods that contain acid can be particularly bad for your teeth because the acid weakens the enamel and increases the risk of chips and fractures. Once you have a broken tooth, it must be repaired to prevent damage and infection deep inside the tooth. Call us as soon as possible so that we can determine the best treatment for your needs.
There are several types of fractures that can affect teeth. Craze lines are minor cracks that do not extend beyond the enamel. These cracks are superficial and cosmetic, and they do not need to be repaired other than for aesthetic reasons. When a cusp, or part of the biting surface, breaks off, it is called a “fractured cusp”. This is not typically a painful injury, but it does need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent additional damage. A crack in the tooth can extend from the exterior of the tooth all the way to the root. This can be a serious injury and may involve pulp damage. Once our dentist evaluates your broken tooth, we will recommend a specific course of action.
Common treatments for tooth fractures include:
- Dental bonding
- Dental veneers
- Root canal therapy
- Dental extraction and replacement with a dental implant or bridge
If you have a broken tooth, proper treatment is critical to saving your tooth and your smile. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our dental care team.
Some of the major insurances we accept are displayed to the right, however, we gladly accept ALL PPO Insurance plans and are a Delta Dental Premier provider.
We will gladly help you to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services.
Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
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