If you have worn, chipped or broken teeth, you could have an underlying functional problem. While a chipped tooth or a broken tooth can be caused by injury or accident, teeth that break repeatedly even after treatment are commonly due to an undiagnosed condition. Davis Family Dental Care has experience with this type of dental problem and offers a number of solutions to not only repair the broken teeth, but prevent repeat problems from happening.
Broken Tooth FAQs
What to do if you have a chipped tooth:
If you have a single chipped tooth or broken tooth caused by an injury or accident, contact our Bedford TX dentist office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Chipped teeth can often be repaired using a bonding procedure. A broken tooth may require a veneer or tooth cap to restore strength and aesthetics to the tooth. If possible, save any fragments of your tooth that have chipped or broken off.
What to do if you have a knocked out tooth:
If possible, retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If it is dirty, lightly rinse in water, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store tooth in your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket with in one hour of being knocked out. Contact us immediately.
How much does it cost to fix a broken tooth?
The cost to fix a broken tooth depends on a multitude of factors including the severity of the tooth chip or damage, location of the broken tooth and type of treatment used to fix the tooth. In some cases, a broken tooth will be partially covered by dental insurance. We work with nearly all dental insurance carries and we will assist you with the billing and paperwork so that you can maximize your dental insurance benefits.
How to Repair Broken Teeth
Our dentists have many methods for repairing broken teeth, depending on your needs and goals. The quickest and most affordable treatment is tooth bonding, which is an option for minor tooth chips. For teeth that have more significant chips or damage, the dentist may recommend veneers or crowns to cover the tooth and improve the strength. If you have teeth that break over and over, even after treatment from a dentist, you may have an underlying functional problem that needs to be addressed. Often times, the problem is related to the function of the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. You may experience no other signs or symptoms of TMJ dysfunction aside from the worn or broken teeth.
Ideally, all of your teeth should make contact at the same time and with the same force. In patients with TMJ dysfunction, there is an improper alignment of the jaw joints or teeth. If certain teeth make contact out of alignment with others, it can cause them to wear, chip or break.