Have you ever bitten into something hard and… Oh no! That painful crack or feeling that you’ve broken or chipped a tooth is an almost immediate sensation. For some, a broken or chipped tooth can be excruciating. Depending on the severity of the break, damaged teeth can even be a medical emergency! A small chip may not cause any discomfort, but if the crack or chip is large enough, it can expose delicate nerves, causing extreme pain and discomfort.
Of course, whether your broken or chipped tooth is severe or not, having a damaged tooth that may be visible while you show off your gorgeous smile can mean you may try to hide it, or may avoid social situations. After all, our smiles are one of the most impactful and confident facial expressions that make us…us. Don’t fret! Damaged teeth due to cracking or chips are repairable, but the extent of treatment varies based on the severity of the trauma. Let’s take a look at some of the options you have, and we’ll give you some great Sunshine Smiles options to make sure you get that perfect smile back in no time.
What Options Do I Have if I Have a Broken or Chipped Tooth?
Minor cracks and chips aren’t typically considered a medical emergency. If the damage to your tooth doesn’t penetrate to the pulp of your tooth structure or extend to the root, it can typically be repaired in a normal dental visit. Your general dentist or orthodontic specialist might use dental bonding materials or sealants, and in some cases, they may recommend porcelain veneers.
For larger chips or cracks, your dental or orthodontic provider may recommend a more aggressive treatment plan. A crown may be necessary, and in instances where roots or pulp tissue are exposed, your treatment plan may include a root canal, implants, and fillings to ensure the structure of the tooth is restored, and the delicate anatomy of your tooth is no longer compromised.
Our mouths are teeming with bacteria (even when we have the very best oral hygiene practices!). Exposed nerve endings and soft tissue in our mouths that would otherwise be protected by our healthy, uncompromised teeth can lead to more trouble than just discomfort if we leave a damaged tooth unaddressed.
Finding a dental office that can evaluate the damage and lay out all of your best options is important to ensure the damage is addressed immediately. At Sunshine Smiles, our consultation will cover the extent of the damage, and we’ll walk you through all of your options. Procedures like root canals and implants can be a big deal, and it’s our job to investigate whether or not the longevity and procedure are best for each individual patient.
How Can Sunshine Smiles Help Fix My Broken Tooth?
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer when it comes to a damaged tooth. No matter where you’re located, finding an attentive dentist that can evaluate the damage and give you the best-recommended treatment plans should be your first step. At Sunshine Smiles, we get patients in as soon as possible if the potential for nerve and pulp exposure is causing discomfort or adding to the risk for infection or other serious health concerns.
Do you have a chipped or broken tooth, and you’re not sure what your options are? Give Sunshine Smiles a call at 845-592-2292 or fill out our contact form here. We have three convenient locations in the Hudson Valley area, and we’ll get you in for a consultation as soon as possible. Don’t leave your damaged tooth unchecked