How to handle a broken filling or chipped tooth?

Do you have a filling or tooth that suddenly broke?

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by Lissauer Dental: Jeffrey B. Lissauer, DMD 1 Comment
Broken tooth filling

An example of a tooth with a broken filling

Here is a quote I repeatedly say, “When we are younger, we can fall and we get right back up. As we get older, it gets a lot more difficult”.  This quote is not very profound, but our bones do become more brittle as we age and so do our teeth. So, I always caution my patients not to eat hard nuts or pretzels.  What is a really bad habit?  Chewing on ice!

We see around one patient a day for emergency dental care because they have broken a tooth. Our office policy is to see the patient the day we are called, because you do not want to have a broken tooth or filling for long.

Many patients have large tooth fillings that were been placed many years ago, and, over time, there just is not a lot of solid tooth structure left supporting the restoration.  Many patients come in as an emergency with a large filling and that is all that is left in their tooth.  The filling looks fine, but the rest of the tooth is gone!   The usual fix is to make a crown which involves preparing the tooth, taking an impression and making a temporary crown. On the next visit, the crown is inserted.  Occasionally, we will see a patient that had a root canal done in a tooth and they never had the tooth restored with a cap.  The tooth fractures as a root canalled tooth is not as strong as our original equipment.  We caution all our patients to restore any endodontically treated teeth so they are protected when biting hard.

Yesterday, I had the classic case of an emergency patient that broke a tooth when they placed a Snickers in the freezer and decided it would be a good thing to eat.

You know the rest of the story.

One Response

  1. Many of us faces too much problems with broken teeth and need to filling this broken place. Thanks for sharing this with us. It really help to find a solution of this problem.

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