As strong and durable as tooth enamel is, it is far from indestructible. When a tooth does get chipped or fractured, it can be not only unsightly, but painful.

What should you do if you think one of your teeth may be broken?

Know the warning signs of a broken tooth

Sometimes you’ll know immediately when a tooth breaks, but it’s not always that obvious. Some of the most common signs of a broken tooth are: 

  • Pain that seems to come and go
  • Pain with chewing or biting down
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweets

If you notice any of these signs of a broken tooth, call your Carlsbad dentist, Dr. Drew Addy to schedule an appointment to have it evaluated. If your pain is severe or is accompanied by bleeding that won’t stop, schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Treatment options for a broken tooth

The appropriate treatment for your broken tooth will depend on the severity of the break and your individual situation.

  • Dental bonding – Minor breaks can usually be treated with dental bonding. The process is simple, painless, and can restore a tooth in no time. Your Carlsbad dentist will apply a tooth-colored, sticky resin in the crack and harden it with a special light. The resin fills the break with a strong restorative material that’s unnoticeable. 
  • Dental crown – A break that is too large to be repaired with dental bonding may need a crown. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth so no additional damage can occur and your tooth is protected. Dental crowns can be color-matched to your other teeth for a flawless smile. 
  • Root canal – Nobody wants to hear the term root canal. But this often misunderstood dental treatment can be a real tooth-saver. If a break is deep enough to enter the inside of the tooth, it can reach the inner pulp and tooth nerves. This will most likely cause pain. But with a root canal, the affected parts of the tooth will be removed, relieving any pain and saving the natural tooth. 
  • Tooth extraction – Unfortunately, not every broken tooth can be saved. Severe breaks may require a tooth to be extracted. However, the missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or dental bridge. 

A broken tooth doesn’t have to be scary if you know your options for recovery. Don’t hesitate to contact your Carlsbad dentist, Dr. Drew Addy if you think your tooth may be fractured or broken. Quick treatment can restore your smile in no time. 

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