You can break a tooth by biting down on something hard, such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A sports accident can also lead to a chipped tooth. Wondering what you can do to fix a broken tooth? With the right steps, you can address the initial discomfort and the dentist can then repair the tooth and restore it to full function and health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Repairing Broken Teeth in Cerritos, CA
Question: What should I do when I break a tooth?
Answer: First, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and see if you can find the missing piece of your tooth. If you can, bring it with you to the office. If not, we can still restore your tooth. Next, contact our office. Afterward, you can place a piece of gauze onto the tooth to control any bleeding. A cold compress placed against the side of the face can reduce swelling.
Question: How will the dentist repair my tooth?
Answer: In some cases, dental bonding can be used to restore lost structure in a single visit. For a tooth that endures major trauma, a dental crown may be placed. Finally, severe damage may require the tooth to be extracted completely and replaced with a dental implant.
Question: What happens if I ignore the issue?
Answer: Ignoring a broken tooth may allow bacteria time to bypass the damaged enamel and reach the sensitive layers of dentin below. Tooth decay can form, which can spread until bacteria infect the pulp and causes an abscess to form. Patients may develop toothaches, swelling, fever, or even lose the tooth.
Question: What if the tooth is knocked out?
Answer: If you lose a tooth completely we can see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Inserted directly into the jaw, the implant replaces every part of a lost tooth and restores the ability to eat and speak with ease.
ABOUT YOUR CERRITOS ORAL SURGEON:
Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.