The outer part of your teeth is made from enamel; but even as the hardest substance in your body, it has its limits. Any traumatic injury such as falling hard to the ground or taking a hit to the face can cause teeth to fracture or even get knocked out completely; both of which can cause severe pain and discomfort. In either case it is essential to see a dentist right away for a full assessment, otherwise the tooth could be damaged further or even become infected.
Illawarra Dental Centre provides a full range of quality dental care in Perth including treatments for fractured or missing teeth. Treatment options largely depend on how severely damaged the tooth is, so we first start with an evaluation to assess and discuss your options.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Treating a broken or chipped tooth depends on how severe it is. If only a small fragment has chipped off, repairs can typically be done in a single visit with veneers or bonding. Bonding is a common procedure for broken teeth which involves applying and sculpting resin to the affected tooth. However if the nerve endings are exposed, a root canal treatment and a crown may be necessary.
Knocked Out Teeth
A severe injury to the face can cause a tooth (or several) to be completely knocked out. If a tooth gets knocked out, find the tooth and seek immediate emergency dental treatment. In the meantime, try to reposition the tooth back in the socket or place it in milk.
The sooner you see a dentist, the better chance you have of saving the tooth. If it cannot be saved, treatment options include dental implants or bridges. The treatment that is appropriate for you depends on your situation.
If you have a broken, chipped, or knocked out tooth, call Illawarra Dental Centre on (08) 9249 7383 for immediate dental treatment.