One of the most common dental emergencies our patients experience is a
broken front tooth, which impairs your ability to speak and eat. Many
people like to take care of this issue immediately due to the embarrassment
associated with the dental injury.
In most cases, a broken front tooth is often the results of trauma, as
opposed to a decaying tooth. While a broken tooth sounds simple, there
are a various types of trauma which can occur and each has its own treatment options.
The following are the main types of trauma which results in a missing tooth:
Broken tooth – This occurs when a significant piece of the tooth is chipped or
knocked out, typically exposing its roots and pulp. A person with a broken
tooth may experience moderate to severe pain. If left untreated, broken
teeth can lead to substantial pain, swelling, infection, and a potential
Loose tooth – If your tooth remains intact, but a little lose, that doesn’t
mean you are out of trouble. You may have damage to the root or your tooth
may have been pushed into your jaw, so it’s imperative to seek emergency
Knocked out tooth – It causes the most bleeding out of all three traumas. Apply pressure
to the area in order to stop the bleeding. If it doesn’t stop bleeding
within 30 minutes, go to the emergency room. If you find your knocked
out tooth, place it in milk (or water or saliva if milk is not readily
available) to preserve it until you are able to visit the dentist.
Once the x-rays of the affected area are taken to figure out the seriousness
of the situation, your dentist will formulate a treatment plan for temporary
and permanent solutions depending on the severity of the injury. Each
situation varies, but if the original tooth is saved, the dentist will
attempt to save it. If the broken tooth cannot be saved, the dentist will
discuss your available options for short and long term tooth replacement,
such as bridge, crown,
implant, or partial denture.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency,
schedule an appointment with our Austell dentist at Austell Dental Associates today.