Cracked Tooth Repair

Even though the enamel that covers teeth is the most mineralized, hardest tissue in the human body, it has its limits. If you accidentally fall on your face or munch on hard objects (like ice), then your teeth might crack, chip, or break. Thankfully, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani offers many solutions and same-day dental appointments for patients with severely damaged teeth at her dental office in San Antonio, TX.

Cracked Teeth Defined

Medically known as a fractured tooth, a cracked tooth happens when a fissure exists in your tooth. Sometimes, the crack seems small and harmless. Other times, a fracture can force your tooth to break or split.

Although anyone can suffer from cracked teeth, they are most common in the young and elderly.

What to Do if Your Tooth Fractures

A cracked tooth is considered a dental emergency. So, if your tooth cracks or breaks, take these simple steps:

  • Step 1: If the person is unconscious or has a severe injury, don’t hesitate to call 911.
  • Step 2: Collect the tooth fragments. Avoid touching the tooth root, and grab teeth fragments only by the crown (top part) of the tooth.
  • Step 3: Clean the tooth fragments in a bowl of lukewarm water for less than 10 seconds.
  • Step 4: If possible, reinsert the tooth fragments. If not, store them in a glass of whole milk to prevent drying.
  • Step 5: Call our San Antonio emergency dentist, Dr. Keshwani, to schedule a same-day dental appointment.
  • Step 6: In the meantime, practice self-care by taking over-the-counter pain relievers, covering the jagged tooth edge with paraffin wax or sugarless chewing gum, and avoiding biting down on the cracked tooth.

How to Treat a Cracked or Broken Tooth

When you arrive at Babcock Family Dental, Dr. Keshwani will access your chipped or broken tooth and decide which course of action to take. The severity of the damage will determine the treatment needed. Here are a few go-to ways that our family dentist

  • Cosmetic bonding or dental filling: Our family dentist can quickly address a tiny chip in tooth enamel with a tooth-colored composite resin.
  • Porcelain veneers: Is the front of your tooth chipped or broken? If so, a dental veneer is a simple, convenient cosmetic dentistry solution.
  • Dental crown: If a large portion of the tooth breaks off, but the tooth root is still intact, then Dr. Keshwani might suggest grinding down the remaining tooth and protecting it with a dental cap.
  • Root canal therapy: If a tooth fracture is large and deep enough to expose the center of the tooth, bacteria can enter it and infect the tooth. In this case, root canal therapy can save the tooth from extraction.
  • Dental extraction: In some cases, pulling a tooth is the only way to treat it. But you can restore your smile’s look, feel, and function with bridges, dental implants, and other restorative dentistry techniques.

Babcock Family Dental Can Fix Fractured, Cracked Teeth

If you notice a cracked tooth, call 210-732-3333 or message us online. Our San Antonio dental team looks forward to saving your smile