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Chipped & Broken Teeth – How it Happens and What to Do

Chipped & Broken Teeth: The human tooth is very strong. The average tooth can remain functional and heathy for eighty years, or even longer with proper care. However, that is a lot of years of use, stresses, and “life” that these teeth must endure, and sometimes that can result in a small chip or break.

Here Are Just a Few Reasons Teeth Can Break:

  • Chewing on hard food or candy. Be careful when enjoying your sweets. Pressure to a small area of the tooth could be detrimental.
  • Trauma or accidents. Car accidents and falls are common causes of a chipped tooth
  • Sports injuries. Sports such as soccer, hockey and baseball are often culprits! Always wear a mouth guard.
  • Cavities. Cavities can weaken the tooth, making it prone to breaks and cracks.
  • Fillings. Old fillings can weaken the remaining natural tooth. Your dentist will check all fillings at your regular appointment


Depending on the location of the break, there may or may not be immediate pain. When the break reaches the nerve, there may be pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages. Even if there is no pain at all, it is important to have the tooth checked by a dentist as soon as possible. If you do experience discomfort, over-the-counter pain medications will help in the short term. Don’t wait, and suffer in pain. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, call us today for a same day emergency appointment.


Fractured or broken teeth can be small inconveniences, or very big problems. Depending on the severity of the break, we may suggest a repair that just smooths down the edge and is repaired with a filling. Majorly broken teeth will require a more complex treatment such as a root canal or a crown.

What To Do If You Experience A Broken Tooth:

  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water
  • If there is any bleeding, apply pressure with gauze
  • Apply ice to cheek if there is any swelling
  • Use an over-the-counter pain reliever if you have any pain
  • Cover any broken teeth with milk or saline
  • Make an appointment as soon as possible

If you have suffered a break, chip, or other dental problem, we are available for emergency appointments. Please give us a call to schedule your treatment.

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