Broken Tooth

Did you hear the crunch when you ate your favourite pork crackling o was it a lolly? And now you are wondering if you have broken your tooth! Broken tooth is one of the dental emergencies we come across so commonly.

What Is a Broken Tooth?

A broken tooth is a tooth that has some part of it chipped away or broken. It could also be a cracked tooth or a fractured tooth. The chip may be small, in enamel only and easy to repair or it may be a large part of the tooth that has broken away including the enamel, the dentin and the nerve. Sometimes the whole tooth can fall apart. No matter the size of the chip or the extent to which the tooth is broken, it is important to pay attention to the broken tooth straight away to avoid any pain or dental emergency.

 What can cause a Broken tooth?

Teeth can break because of different reasons.

  • Most common cause is biting into very hard food like pork crackling or ice cubes or bones or nuts.
  • Teeth grinding can make your teeth susceptible to fracture or cracks.
  • Presence of a large filling in the tooth that may have weakened the rest of the tooth.
  • Biting or holding objects in between the teeth like nails, pins, pens.
  • General wear and tear with age.
  • From accidents that can cause dental trauma
  • From sport injury if protective mouthguard is not being worn

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What problems can arise from a Broken Tooth?

A Broken Tooth can lead to any or all the following problems.

  • Pain on chewing food or biting
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold or both
  • Swelling of the gum around the tooth or swelling of the face
  • Inconsistent pain or toothaches
  • Unsightly teeth because of visible cracks or breakage
  • Difficulty in eating certain types of food
  • Disturbance in daily activities due to pain or sensitivity

How can I repair my Broken Tooth?

As soon as you realise that you have a broken tooth, please call our office on 07 3399 6228 to see the dentist. We allow certain time to accommodate dental emergencies every day so that we can help you get out of the pain on the same day. At your appointment, the dentist will examine and assess your tooth, address your concerns, and recommend the best treatment option for you. Some of the most common treatment options for a Broken Tooth can be,

  • Filling
  • Crown
  • Removal of the tooth or Extraction
  • Root Canal Treatment

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How much will it cost to repair my Broken Tooth?

At Tooth Smart Dental, we offer same day dental emergency appointments. The cost of an Emergency Dental Consultation is $66. If the dentist needs to take any radiographs to assess your tooth, they will inform you at the time of the appointment. The cost of a standard dental radiograph is $60.0. Depending upon the presenting condition of your Broken Tooth and the type of treatment needed, the cost of repairing a Broken Tooth can vary. We provide customised treatment plan with an estimated cost of treatment prior to your treatment at the consultation appointment.

What happens after treatment?

Once the dentist has repaired your Broken Tooth, if any further treatment is needed for the same tooth, the dentist will recommend it. Since this is a dental emergency appointment to address the Broken Tooth, the dentist may recommend a full examination later to avoid any potential dental problems in the future.

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