Platte Canyon Dental
Dr. Christina Linn, DMD

Is a broken tooth a dental emergency?

A broken tooth is a dental problem that your Littleton emergency dentist, Dr. Linn, needs to look at as soon as possible. In some cases, it’s just a nuisance and may be more of an aesthetic problem than anything else. But a broken tooth can also be a serious problem that needs immediate attention, as in the case of a fracture that extends below your gum line. 

The first step is to call Platte Canyon Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn. If you’re not in pain, you may be tempted to put off treatment, but we urge you not to do this. A broken tooth is always susceptible to bacteria entering it and causing a cavity or an infection that may require more costly and complex treatment to correct.

Treatment for a broken tooth in Littleton depends on the type of damage, the extent of damage, and where the tooth is located in your mouth. There are several options for treating a broken tooth that Dr. Linn might recommend.

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Porcelain dental veneer
  • Porcelain dental crowns

If the break includes damage to the pulp or inside of your tooth, we may need to perform a root canal. We will use every means at our disposal to save your tooth, but in some cases, the damage may be so severe that the only remedy that makes sense is to extract it.

Treating broken teeth is part of the emergency dentistry we offer at our Littleton dental office. Please call us at (303) 797-2286 so we can investigate the problem and be sure you get the treatment you need to save the tooth.

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