Broken Tooth

Have you chipped or broken your tooth?

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Leaving a broken tooth untreated can lead to future pain, bacterial infection, sensitivity, cuts on the tongue, and potentially the loss of your tooth altogether.

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. It’s quite common for teeth to chip or break, especially if we’ve recently had a fall, sustained a sports injury to the head, or perhaps bitten into a very hard food. Sometimes a tooth may break by itself if it has an underlying cavity (hole) developing.

When we have a broken tooth, it’s common to start feeling pain when chewing or biting. This discomfort may occur with hard or soft foods, and either on biting or immediately after biting. Some people may experience sensitivity to food and drink that are hot, cold, sweet or sour. Depending on the nature of the injury, swelling of the gum around the broken tooth may also occur.

Some patients are more prone to tooth fracture than others. The key to successful treatment is to prevent further fracture in that tooth and anticipate fractures in other teeth.

The good news is that if treated promptly, a broken tooth will not result in loss of the tooth – a stitch in time saves nine!

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FAQs
Why is my tooth broken?
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If a tooth has broken, it’s generally due to a gradual weakening over a period of time. This weakening can be the result of a cavity inside the tooth, an old filling, or a developing crack. Once the tooth is in this vulnerable state, it’s more likely to break. It’s important to treat the tooth as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

Can I ignore my broken tooth if it doesn’t hurt?
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Just because it’s not painful, doesn’t mean it can be ignored. Leaving a broken tooth untreated can lead to future pain, bacterial infection, sensitivity, cuts on the tongue, and potentially the loss of your tooth altogether. We highly recommend booking an appointment at Studio Smiles to get your tooth checked out. We’ll be able to help you fix the chipped/broken tooth and prevent any further teeth from breaking.

What happens if I leave my broken tooth untreated?
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While it can be easy to leave your broken tooth untreated, it’s not recommended. As time passes, the damage gets worse and spreads, allowing bacteria to enter the part of the tooth that has weakened. This can lead to a dental abscess making the treatment for the tooth more invasive and costly, which is why it’s important to fix the chipped tooth as soon as possible. Ideally as soon as possible after the break has occurred. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

Is a broken tooth an emergency?
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Yes, a broken tooth is definitely an emergency. When a tooth is broken, it generally means that there is an underlying issue with the tooth. The underlying issue could be a large fracture line running through the tooth, or a large hole. Leaving your broken tooth exposed allows bacteria to easily make its way into the tooth, further developing pain, sensitivity and potentially an infection. For those reasons, a broken tooth should be attended to as soon as possible, ideally on the same day that the break has occurred. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

What are my treatment options?
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The treatment options for a broken tooth depend on the extent of the current damage. Before proceeding with your tooth repair, we’ll take the size of the break and its location into account. We’ll also assess any other teeth which may be at risk of breaking. Our highly qualified team will treat you with comfort and care so you can leave with a healthy smile.

Tooth coloured filling
This is usually completed when the broken tooth has lost less than 40% of its structure. Made directly in the mouth from a dental composite, tooth coloured fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements to the smile, changing the shape and colour of the teeth.

Ceramic (porcelain) filling

This is usually completed when the broken tooth has lost about 40-60% of its structure. Ceramic is handmade in a laboratory, meaning it’s a lot stronger than tooth-coloured plastic fillings. Ceramic fillings provide an exact shade match against your natural teeth, are stain resistant and have greater longevity.

Ceramic (porcelain) crown
This is usually completed when the broken tooth has lost over 60% of its structure. The tooth will now have lost most of its strength and needs to be rebuilt to avoid any further issues. A ceramic crown covers the entire tooth, much like a helmet, protecting it from breaking down further.

At Studio Smiles, we take pride in our transparent approach to treatment. We endeavour to make the entire process clear for you so that you understand exactly what is happening, what can be done, the likely outcomes, and all relevant costs. We believe in a thorough approach, so our patients stress less and feel better faster. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

Will my treatment hurt?
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Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.

How much will this cost me?
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Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. We actively work with our patients to help them find a way to have dentistry fit in with their budget and life. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their broken tooth sorted out immediately, while having the flexibility to pay at a later date on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel untroubled and completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today.

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