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Broken Chipped Tooth

Symptoms

When you break or chip a tooth you will normally notice it as soon as it happens. Most people experience pain when after a broken tooth, particularly when chewing or biting food. It’s also normal to feel pain as the break happens, but sometimes you can break or chip a tooth and not notice it right away. That’s because you don’t feel any pain when the injury or break occurs.

Other than pain, you may also feel sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods, as well as swelling of the gum around the affected tooth. When you break or chip a tooth you should visit your dentist right away. For severe pain, or if you are bleeding from a broken tooth we recommend booking an urgent emergency appointment with a dentist.

Causes

You can break or chip a tooth in many different ways. It’s a common dental injury after all. It can be as easy as biting or chewing something hard, such as a nut or a hard lolly.

It is also common to break or chip a tooth from an accident or sports injury.

Other causes of a broken tooth could include:

      • Grinding your teeth
      • Large fillings that have weakened the tooth
      • Age or wear and tear – most tooth chips or breaks occur in people aged 50 and over

FAQ

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How much does it cost to fix a broken tooth?

The price of treating a broken or chipped tooth depends on the severity of the damage and what treatment is needed to repair the tooth. Treating the break could be fairly straightforward or it could require more extensive dental treatment. We recommend visiting a dentist as soon as possible if you have chipped or broken your tooth. 

How do you fix a broken or chipped tooth?

In most cases a broken or chipped tooth can be repaired easily by your dentist. Your dentist may be able to repair the tooth with a filling. For more severe chips and breaks you may require more extensive dental treatment to repair the damaged tooth. We recommend that you visit your dentist as soon as possible after the break happens.

What do you do once you've broken a tooth?

Don’t stress! Broken and chipped teeth are very common. When you break or chip your tooth you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. They will examine your teeth, assess the chip or break in your tooth and recommend the best treatment option for you.

What can you do at home to help a broken tooth?

When you break a tooth we recommend visiting a dentist as soon as you can. If the break is severe you should see a dentist within 24 hours. However if you’re unable to see a dentist immediately after the break occurs there are a few things you can do to help. Applying a cold compress to your face near the broken tooth and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help. If you experience bleeding you can apply gauze to the tooth, to manage the bleeding, until you can see a dentist.

Can broken or chipped teeth be prevented?

You can take care to prevent accidents by wearing a mouthguard for sport and avoiding really hard food.

When teeth become broken or chipped due to bad oral health it’s beneficial to take good care of your teeth and gums. That means a combination of at-home dental care and building a great relationship with your dentist.

We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For optimum oral health:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
  • Book hygiene visits with your dental hygienist at least twice each year
  • Book routine exam and x-rays visits with your dentist once each year

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