Broken Teeth Treatments in Thousand Oaks, CA

Broken Teeth - Prism Dental Group, Thousand Oaks Dentist

BROKEN OR CRACKED TEETH ARE MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

Breaking a tooth is far more common than you might think. Dr. Siddappa can easily repair your tooth and make it look natural again, so you don’t have to be afraid to smile.

What Do You Do If You Break a Tooth?

If you break a tooth, we recommend that you take the following steps:

  1. Rinse your mouth with warm water
  2. Apply pressure on any bleeding areas
  3. If your cheek is swollen, apply an ice pack to your face
  4. Call our office at (805) 241-5353 to make an appointment and receive professional guidance
  5. If you have any dental cement, try to cover the crack to prevent damage
  6. If you’re in pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever
  7. Try to hold onto the pieces of your broken tooth if possible, we may be able to reattach them.

Why Teeth Break

Teeth can break for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include cavities, chewing on hard things (such as ice), trauma in the area, grinding your teeth, and age. No matter the reason for your broken tooth, Dr. Siddappa can help repair your smile.

What a Broken Tooth Might Look Like

There are varying levels of broken teeth, including:

  • Craze Lines - Very small cracks in the enamel. These are normal, don’t affect the enamel, and don’t require treatment because they don’t worsen.
  • Fractured Tooth - This kind of crack is most prone to occur around a dental filling and only a small part of your tooth is fractured.
  • Split Tooth - A split tooth occurs when you have a crack in your tooth that goes from top to bottom. The crack can extend below your gum line and even affect your tooth’s root.
  • Vertical Root Fracture - This crack often begins below the gum line and travels up your tooth.

It’s important to seek treatment for your broken tooth even if it doesn’t hurt. If the crack is close to a nerve, you may feel pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and you may notice some swelling. Whether or not you feel pain, treatment can help your tooth remain intact.

How Dr. Siddappa Can Treat a Broken Tooth

Depending on the location and severity of your broken tooth, Dr. Siddappa will recommend the treatment that’s best for your situation. You may receive dental bonding, a dental crown, root canal therapy, or an extraction to fix the issue with your broken tooth.

Dr. Siddappa won’t perform an extraction unless it’s absolutely necessary. She’ll do everything she can to save your natural tooth before removing it. But if your tooth must be removed, she can give you a strong and beautiful new tooth by placing a dental implant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a broken tooth an emergency?

A broken tooth is generally not an emergency unless a large piece of your tooth has broken off, you’re experiencing bleeding that won’t stop, or if you’re in severe pain. If your tooth breaks, call our office at (805) 241-5353 to schedule an appointment to fix your tooth.
If a piece of your tooth breaks off, try to keep it safe -- we may be able to reattach it. Otherwise, we’ll use a tooth-colored resin to help your tooth look naturally beautiful. We’ll make sure your tooth is strong and its health as well as its appearance isn’t compromised.

What will a dentist do for a broken tooth?

If a small part of your tooth has broken or cracked, Dr. Siddappa will reattach or fill in the affected area. She can do this by using strong tooth-colored materials to fill in any cracks and smooth over the appearance of your tooth.
She can also place a natural-looking crown over your tooth to protect it and enhance its appearance.

How can I fix a broken tooth at home?

We recommend against trying to fix your broken tooth at home because you may damage it further. If your tooth breaks, call our office as soon as possible at (805) 241-5353 and we can provide guidance for you and make an appointment to fix your tooth.

A Broken Tooth Isn’t the End of Your Smile

If you break your tooth, don’t worry -- Dr. Siddappa can help. No matter how badly your tooth has broken, we have a beautiful solution to restore your smile’s strength and help you feel confident again.
Call our office at (805) 241-5353 or fill out our online contact form to get in contact with us. We’ll provide guidance for protecting your broken tooth and make an appointment to fix your tooth.