Emergency Dentistry

Broken Tooth or Filling

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Broken Tooth or Filling

Think you might have a broken tooth or filling? Lillybrook Dental is your emergency dentist who can help

You have a broken tooth or filling and wondering what to do next. It’s a scenario that occurs all too frequently, so it helps to know a few handy hints should the unexpected occur.

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What to do when you have a broken tooth or filling

A tooth that has been knocked out may be able to be reinserted if it has been handled properly – that is, picked up by the crown, rinsed gently, replaced into the socket and held in place, or placed in a small cup of milk or the patient’s saliva, and then getting to the dentist for treatment as soon as possible.

For a tooth pushed out of alignment the dentist may re-position and stabilise it.

A tooth that is broken, cracked or fractured needs immediate emergency dental treatment if the tooth is to be saved. Interim measures include: gently rinsing your mouth with warm water; apply a cold compress to minimise swelling; and take paracetamol to relieve pain. A digital x-ray and thorough exam will show whether the tooth can be saved.

Is a broken tooth or filling avoidable?

At Lillybrook Dental, our focus is on preventive care. We educate our patients to understand that many dental issues are avoidable, including broken teeth or fillings. How? By maintaining a regular oral hygiene regime, including regular visits to the dentist, which can help identify issues well before they arise and become costly, painful dental problems.
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The key message here? Regular check-ups with your dentist and good oral hygiene routine will go a long way to keeping your mouth and teeth healthy, strong and free from decay.

Dental trauma occurring through sport can be avoided by using a custom fitted mouthguard made by Lillybrook Dental.

Broken tooth or filling? Let the Lillybrook Dental team help.

Any invasive or surgical procedure has risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results can vary.

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