Broken, Chipped, or Dislodged Tooth

If you have a broken, chipped, or dislodged tooth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. An untreated cracked or dislodged tooth can lead to a dental abscess or pocket of bacteria. Not attending to these issues promptly might end up causing an infection that could spread to other parts of the body and become a more significant health issue.. 

Whether it occurred due to facial trauma or by chewing into hard food, a fractured or out-of-place (dislodged) tooth can cause pain and teeth sensitivity. You can avoid further damage and infections by getting in touch with our emergency dentistry services.

How to Notice a Broken, Chipped, or Dislodged Tooth

A tooth can break or chip due to various factors, including a face injury from playing contact sports, a fall, or eating hard foods like candy or ice. Molars are especially prone to cracking since the pressure of grinding and chewing is focused on that area. A dislodged tooth happens when it is pushed into or out of its socket. 

Teeth damage may not be noticeable right away. However, if you are subject to any of the above-mentioned factors, and start experiencing pain or tooth sensitivity when drinking or eating food, contact your dentist immediately.

What to Do in Case of a Broken, Chipped, or Dislodged Tooth

If you suffer an injury that caused a dislodged tooth or you suspect you have a crack in your teeth, contact our emergency services right away. Dr. Sunitsch has extensive experience treating urgent dental emergencies and will make every effort to offer a prompt solution. 

In the meantime, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication and rinsing your mouth regularly to eliminate food debris. 

In case of a dislodged tooth, try holding it in place by biting down slowly and gently into a gauze or moist paper towel. If you can’t put the tooth into the socket, place it between your cheek and gum, milk, or emergency save a tooth solution until you see your dentist. Do not place a dislodged tooth in water, as this may cause cells to die and prevent the likelihood of healing after placing the tooth back in place. It is crucial to see your dentist immediately after dislodging a tooth.

Causes for a Broken, Chipped, or Dislodged Tooth

A tooth may break, chip, or dislodge due to the following reasons:

  • Not having proper oral hygiene
  • A mouth injury 
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • A fall during contact sports
  • Nail-biting
  • Dental wear from eating and biting
  • Chewing on hard foods (candies, nuts, or ice)
  • Large failing fillings/restorations

Treatment for a Broken, Chipped, or Dislodged Tooth

During your emergency treatment for a broken, chipped, or dislodged tooth, Dr. Sunitsch will first review the area and ask questions about your symptoms. 

Once the injured area has been cleaned, you may need a crown or a root canal. The ideal treatment will depend entirely on the depth of the injury. A tooth extraction might need to be performed if your tooth is too damaged from breakage. 

The treatment options for a dislodged tooth case that is not severe often include placing a splint or wire bracket. If the trauma is significant, your dentist will evaluate the possibility of performing a root canal.

Emergency Dental Care for a Broken or Chipped Tooth in Sisters, Oregon

Pine Desert Dental offers emergency dental care for a broken, chipped, or dislodged tooth. Dr. Zach Sunitsch and the Pine Desert Dental team can handle all your dental needs even after hours. 

He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. 

At Pine Desert Dental, we offer comprehensive emergency services for urgent dental problems. 

For emergency treatment or more information, call us at (541) 549-0109 or request an appointment online. You can also visit us at our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.

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