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Broken or Chipped Tooth

The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest tissue in the body, but even tooth enamel has its limits! If a piece of your tooth has broken off, you should see a dentist immediately.

What is a broken or chipped tooth?
A broken or chipped tooth is a tooth that is missing all or part of the crown.

Why did this occur?
Teeth may become fractured for a variety of reasons, including trauma, grinding or clenching, decay, or a loose filling.

What are the symptoms and risks of having a broken or chipped tooth?
If your tooth is broken or chipped, you may experience discomfort on chewing, irritation to the gum, lips or tongue caused by a sharp tooth structure, and increased sensitivity due to dentine or nerve exposure. Since the tooth has become weakened, there is a risk that the tooth will become further damaged.

What can I do until I see a dentist?
Until you are able to see a dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil, unless you are allergic.

What will the dentist do?
This will depend on the reason for the breakage and the extent of the damage. Typically, the dentist can restore a broken or chipped tooth using filling material. If the damage is extensive, a root canal or even an extraction may be indicated. If you have a minor chip, it may not be necessary to do anything.

Do you have a broken tooth or a chipped tooth?

Adelaide Dental is a general and emergency dental clinic in downtown Toronto. If you have a dental emergency, call or email to make an appointment.