What To Do About A Broken Tooth

It can happen at any time. Eating a few almonds. Nibbling the meat at a delicious barbecue. Maybe you stepped off the curb with a tooth-rattling thud. Whether it is a small-ish chip, or a more severe accident, a broken tooth (whether it is your own tooth, or that of a loved one) can be uncomfortable and even frightening. While dialing 911 is the correct response if you assess the situation as a hospital emergency, in other cases, call your Prairie Village, KS dentist office for steps to take for the best chance at restoring a broken tooth.

Don’t Panic

If there is severe bleeding, or other injury, calling the local emergency service may be the prudent option. If the damage is contained to the tooth, then calling your dentist is a smart way to get the answers you need. If you haven’t already programmed that number into your cellphone, or posted it on your fridge, take a few minutes to add them before they are needed. Our caring dental team will take your call and advise you on the next steps to take.

Take Action Regarding Repair

There are a number of restorative options that can correct a broken tooth.
Dental contouring can sculpt and polish a small chip so that it blends almost invisibly into your smile
Dental bonding uses special resin to adhere to the tooth and build out a missing area, so that a damaged tooth matches neighboring teeth
A crown can cover a damaged tooth, giving support to the material that remains, and restoring the natural shape of the tooth

When Extraction is Necessary

There are times when a tooth sustains too much damage to be saved. In these cases, planned tooth extraction can remove the remaining portion of the tooth and its root. Once the damaged tooth is removed, a dental implant is one strong option for replacing a missing tooth. When an implant is not the best choice, your dentist can discuss other alternatives to maintain proper alignment and the esthetic charm of your smile.

Your Dentist Has Options for Restoring A Broken Tooth

A broken tooth doesn’t have to mean to end of your smile. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.