Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth

Cavities can weaken your teeth, causing teeth to break more easily. You may also suffer from a broken tooth after biting on hard foods or objects. No matter how it happened, what you do after you break a tooth determines if you get to keep your natural tooth or replace it. You’re not alone; millions of people suffer from broken teeth every year.

What is a Broken Tooth?

A tooth can be fractured, chipped, cracked, broken a part, or completely fall out of the mouth. You may not necessarily feel your tooth break. It depends on the extremity of the break and if you already had some decay to the tooth prior to the break.

Diagnosing your broken tooth is easily, as the evidence is visible. If you’re noticing your teeth being more sensitive to hot or cold in a specific area you could be suffering from a hairline fracture in one of your teeth.

The Right Way to Handle a Broken Tooth

If you know, or suspect, your tooth is broken, chipped or fractured make an appointment to visit Dr. Wells Dentistry’s emergency dental office. It’s important to treat broken or cracked teeth as soon as possible. Even the tiniest fracture needs to be fixed. If it’s not fixed, bacteria can infect the area and cause you to lose that tooth (or teeth) completely.

You can manage your pain from home until you’re able to be seen by Dr. Wells and the Wells Team by using over-the-counter pain medicine, like Tylenol, or by applying a cold compress to the area to prevent any more swelling and inflammation. After every meal you will need to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep the area clean.

Using pain medications is only a temporary fix. The over-the-counter solutions are not substitutions for professional dental care. Your broken tooth, or teeth, should not be sorely treated from your home. Delaying or not scheduling an appointment with Dr. James Wells after a tooth injury can put your health at risk.


There are several treatment options for a hurt tooth. What type of break you have and how much of the tooth is affected helps Dr. James Wells and the Wells Team determine which treatment options are best for your individual needs.

According to the American Dental Association, a minor chip or tiny fracture line may be repaired with bonding. A more serious break can expose the tooth’s pulp and will need a root canal or extraction in order to prevent any infections. No matter what extent of treatment you need, the Wells Family Dentistry team will explain to you what your best treatment plan is for your individual case.

If you have broken, cracked, chipped, or fractured one or more of your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately. We specialize in emergency dental care and are available to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on cracked or broken teeth, visit our website page( Don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately for your broken, cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth. We specialize in emergency dental care and we’re happy to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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