How is a Broken Tooth Fixed?

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Broken teeth can occur in many ways, including from accidents, assaults, and hard foods. Fortunately, these teeth can also be repaired in a variety of ways. Depending on how badly a tooth is broken and what the goal of the patient is, one of the following options may be recommended.

 

Bonding

This involves applying a custom-tinted, tooth-colored resin to the enamel, shaping, and then hardening it. This is likely to be advised for minor breaks, such as chips.

 

Reattachment

If a significant portion of a tooth is broken off and patients still have the piece in good condition, our dentist may be able to reattach it. Reattachment may also require root canal therapy even if it is possible.

 

Crown or Veneer

If a tooth is broken but the pulp is not exposed, a veneer may be used to hide the damage. On the other hand, a combination of a root canal and dental crown may be advised for a more severely broken tooth.

When a tooth is broken, treatment should be sought right away for the best prognosis. Prompt care may also prevent more expensive care from being necessary later. At a consultation with our Houston dentist, patients can learn more about our treatments for broken teeth.

Common Dental Emergencies

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Part of the panic involved in dental emergencies is that they can happen at any time. So not only can they be painful, but you might also be panicking trying to think of what to do. Knowing more about some common dental emergencies can help you remain calm and get the help you need.

Losing a tooth is one emergency that will be both painful and hectic. If one of your teeth has been knocked-out and you can locate it, be careful not to pick it up by the roots. Holding it by the cusps, try to place it back in its socket, if possible. If not, you can put it in a cup of milk or a tooth preservation kit, but not tap water.

A chipped tooth can benefit from rinsing out the mouth with warm water to get rid of any debris that can harm the inside of the tooth. You can apply a cold compress to the area and take an over the counter pain reliever to ease the situation.

Other common dental emergencies include loose teeth, fractures, and lost restorations. In any of these cases, be sure to contact our dental emergency dentist as soon as possible, so they can assess the situation and begin repairs.

How to Prepare for Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies need kits, just like any other home emergency. Having the right items on hand can make all the difference in saving a tooth.

Your oral first aid kit should contain most or all of the following:

• Cotton balls/swabs
• Sterile gauze
• A toothbrush, unopened or sterilized
• Dental floss
• Dental wax and/or paraffin
• Latex gloves
• Instant ice pack
• Hydrogen peroxide

Teeth that are knocked out, or avulsed, may need different treatment depending on whether the tooth is permanent/adult or not. If your child loses a tooth due to injury or accident, call your 24/7 dentist in Los Angeles for over-the-phone triage. If you or anyone else over adolescent age lost the tooth, retrieve it if you can and either reinsert it temporarily, or place it in milk or water.

If you have severe toothache, manage it with aspirin. But take it orally, and do not apply it to the sore tooth itself, as it can burn your gum.

If you have a broken tooth that’s still in place, use the ice pack to control swelling. Don’t keep the ice pack on your face for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

For these and any other dental emergency in Los Angeles, call our group day or night.

Examples of Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is more than often a scary experience. Unfortunately, many people do not want to deal with dental issues, and tend not to think much about the teeth outside of the dentist’s office. This means that if something goes wrong dentally or orally, people are most likely to ignore it and hope it goes away. This can lead to serious dental problems becoming worse. Here are some common dental emergencies that everyone should be aware of.

  • Toothaches: pain in a tooth is hard to ignore, but many people do not realize that this is considered an actual emergency. A toothache can be due to an infection, abscess, or fracture. All of these scenarios should be addressed as soon as possible.
  • Broken tooth: a tooth with a break is not only painful, but also susceptible to infection. You will need a filling or dental crown right away to prevent serious complications.
  • Infections: if you have a tooth infection, this means a cavity has reached the inner part of a tooth. If left untreated, it can develop into an abscess. A root canal treatment is needed to repair the tooth.
  • Dislodged tooth: a tooth that has become partially removed from its socket can be treated fairly easily. Our Orange County cosmetic dentist can put the tooth back into position and stabilize it.

Be sure to have the number for our dental emergency dentist in Orange County on hand in the event of any of these situations.

How to Prevent Chipped Teeth

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A chipped tooth can range from minor annoyance to major blemish in your smile. A few habits that leave teeth prone to chipping may be hereditary or biomechanical, like bruxism, and will need a dentist’s counsel to minimize. Others you can watch out for so you can lower your risk of chipping.

Teeth tend to chip easily when the enamel is weak. This can be a dietary or nutritional fix. Eating more dark leafy vegetables and protein-rich foods can bulk up your enamel and make your teeth stronger overall. You can also remineralize, either with an at-home treatment or at your dentist’s office.

When you brush, make sure you don’t brush too hard. Overbrushing can damage enamel. Also, brushing too soon after meals can push whatever acids you consumed deeper into your teeth. So wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.

Drinking water—especially if it’s fluoridated—is much better for your teeth than drinking anything else. Most drinking water is fluoridated, and you can also receive fluoride treatments at your dental checkups.

If you have cavities, your teeth are more susceptible to chipping. These openings let even more bacteria access the teeth, weakening the structure.

Our emergency dentist wants your teeth to stay strong. Contact our group for more information.

Why Some Teeth Need to be Extracted

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Oral health problems sometimes cause teeth to fall out, but some teeth have to be removed. This can be the case after severe oral health problems, an injury, or for preventive reasons. Below, you can learn more about reasons for tooth removal.

 

Severe Tooth Damage

Tooth decay, gum disease, and injury can necessitate a visit to our emergency dentist in Houston for extraction. If decay or traumatic damage is bad enough, root canal treatment may no longer be possible. Similarly, gum disease can destroy the tissues that support teeth, making repair impossible or impractical. Extraction can also become necessary if patients are unable or unwilling to receive a root canal or another treatment required to save a tooth.

 

Preventive Removal

In some cases, patients need teeth removed to avoid overcrowding or to prepare for orthodontics. Some younger patients then have enough room for teeth to erupt afterwards. This may create room to move other teeth as desired. Many patients also remove their wisdom teeth preemptively, as they are known to cause manty oral and dental issues.

In many cases, tooth replacement is performed after tooth extraction. Our dentist offers several options for this, including dental implants. At a consultation with our dentist for emergency dental extraction in Houston, you can learn more about why and how teeth are removed.

Dental Issues Fixed on an Emergency Basis

0423Good dental habits can significantly reduce your risk of facing dental complications, but accidents, unexpected problems, and dental emergencies can affect even the healthiest smiles from time to time. When these problems occur, you need access to skilled emergency dentists who can fix your smile and protect your long-term dental health. We can help.

Dental first aid can help keep your situation stabilized until you can reach help, but dental emergencies cannot be treated at home. Dental problems that should be fixed on an emergency basis include:

1. An avulsed tooth
When a tooth is knocked out, time is absolutely critical. If the tooth can be replaced in its socket within one to two hours, it might be able to be saved. Rinse the tooth gently to remove any debris, and try to insert it into the socket. If it goes in easily, carefully bite down to hold it there. Do not force it if it does fit back in properly, but place it in a tooth preservation kit, a glass of milk, or saliva. See us as soon as you can.

2. A cracked or broken tooth
Small cracks or breaks are typically not emergencies, but a break that reaches the nerve or root of the tooth can cause extreme pain and serious damage. Rinse with warm salt water and call us as soon as possible. You might need a root canal treatment or a crown to protect the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted.

3. An abscessed tooth
This type of infection can lead to severe pain. Brush and floss carefully, rinse with salt water, and call our offices.

Call our emergency dental clinic today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.