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We know breaking a tooth can seem terrible, but there are various restorative dental treatments available. Unfortunately, the enamel is not as strong as steel, and it is not uncommon for patients to experience this dental problem. We do not always have to treat it with emergency dental care, but it will help not to wait long before visiting our Markham dentist for repair.

Whether you slipped and fell or experienced a broken tooth in Unionville, ON, from playing sports, our team at 7 Days Dental can help. We may recommend a crown, dental bonding, or even root canal therapy. If your broken tooth is caused by decay, you might require extraction. You can help protect teeth and gums more effectively with good oral hygiene and a possible mouth guard.

Possible dental treatments

The best approach for managing a broken tooth is not one-size-fits-all. As soon as you can visit our Ontario dental clinic, we will examine your fractured tooth and make recommendations based on your case. Your treatment options will likely include at least one of the following.

  • Crown: A crown works to cover and protect your real tooth. However, we may also recommend one if we needed to conduct root canal therapy first. Although artificial and hollow, it helps improve and hide your broken tooth.
  • Dental bonding: Composite resin bonding helps quickly restore your broken tooth and matches your natural enamel. Since it is malleable, our dentist moulds it over your actual tooth and shapes it accordingly before hardening the material with UV light.
  • Root canal therapy: If the cause of your break is tooth decay, and it was left untreated, it may not be possible to save and repair. Root canal therapy, which involves cleaning out your tooth and removing the pulp, will have the best chances.
  • Tooth extraction: We will recommend removing a broken tooth that cannot be fixed so you can replace it with a whole tooth. This involves anesthesia, followed by physically extracting the tooth, then sewing up the site with dissolvable stitches.

Prevention

While some accidents may be difficult to avoid, there are some ways to help protect yourself from a broken tooth in Unionville, ON,:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups
  • Choose healthy foods and beverages
  • Use a custom-fit mouth guard for physical activities
  • Take note of any changes or discomfort and consult with your dentist
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes

Emergency response

Since a broken tooth is typically considered a dental emergency, depending on the severity and circumstances, we recommend these first aid measures as needed:

  • Call your dentist
  • Rinse with salted warm water
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek near the affected site
  • Place a warm compress if the pain is located at your jaw
  • Apply gauze on the broken tooth
  • Take pain relievers according to their directions
  • Rush to emergency dentist or hospital, if needed

If you have experienced any type of dental emergency or trauma, including a broken tooth  in Unionville, ON, please contact an emergency dental clinic near you as soon as possible. To inquire about a custom-fit mouth guard and protect your teeth and gums during sports or other physical activities, we encourage you to call or email our Markham dental clinic.

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