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What To Do In The Event Of A Broken Tooth


Teeth are usually incredibly strong, but under certain circumstances they can crack, chip or break. Our smiles have been directly connected to how we view ourselves, and having a smile in which a tooth is chipped or broken can be a blow to your self-confidence. Teeth can break, chip or crack for several reasons. Some of these include: biting down on something hard, getting hit in the mouth, falling, having too severe of cavities or having large, older fillings that cannot support tooth enamel. If you have a chipped, cracked or broken tooth, it is best to take care of the situation right away. If you leave the tooth for too long, you may experience pain, discomfort or even damage the tooth root.    impacted-tooth-pain-austin-oral-surgery

What Happens

In the event of a broken tooth, several things may happen. Not all breaks cause pain. There will only be pain if the nerve ending or root is damaged, this usually only happens during extreme breaks or cracks. Minor chips often are not associated with any pain. At first, you may not even realize that your tooth has been broken. Usually, your tongue is the first to notice the broken tooth, by grazing the sharp edge. When the tongue touches the sharp edge, you will be able to feel the chip or break and become aware of it. If you are not experiencing pain and the chip is not overly noticeable, you can choose to ignore the chip. However, in some instances, the tooth may break again since it has already been compromised.

If a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it is likely that this will be incredibly painful. The nerve ending may become exposed or damaged. This will cause the person significant discomfort whenever their nerve ending is exposed to air or when they eat foods or drink beverages that are even mildly hot or cold.

What You Can Do?

There is no home remedy for a chipped or broken tooth. Therefore, it is best to see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. The type of oral health professional that you see will depend on the severity of the break. If there is a minor chip, a regular dentist typically can help. On the other hand, if the break or crack is significant, an oral surgeon should be consulted. If the root or nerve is damaged, a root canal or extraction may be necessary. The type of treatment will also vary depending on what type of break the tooth is experiencing.


Though some breaks are unavoidable, such as those that are a result of an accident, there are several things that you can do to prevent them from breaking. These include:

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, unpopped corn kernels or other hard items or foods.

  • Avoid grinding or clenching teeth.

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing more aggressive sports.

If you have broken your tooth severely and are in need of an oral surgeon, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.