Broken teeth

Our teeth are very strong but despite this, the stresses and strains of our everyday life can still cause them to chip, crack or break.

Common cause of these breaks can include:

  • Chewing on hard foods
  • Facial trauma following an accident
  • Damage from a sports injury
  • Untreated cavities causing the tooth to become brittle and break
  • Old, large amalgam fillings, where the remaining structure of the natural tooth can become brittle

Broken teeth can cause varying degrees of pain, from extremely painful, to discomfort triggered by hot or cold foods or drink, even to no signs of immediate pain. However, in order to prevent further damage or infection which could result in the loss of the tooth, it’s important to book an appointment with your Cedar Dental Care dentist as soon as possible.

Treatment of a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. For small breaks or chips it may be possible to repair in a single visit with a simple filling or bonding. For more severe breaks, multiple visits may be required to repair the break with multiple treatments.

Treatment for fractures and broken teeth

Teeth with minor chips on the edges usually don’t cause any pain or problems, but your Cedar Dental Care dentist will most likely repair a chip by smoothing the edge and inserting a tooth-coloured filling to prevent it from cutting your lips or tongue.

Heavily fractured and seriously broken teeth may need more complex treatment. For instance, a large cavity that causes a major fracture or break, causing pain and infection, may need root canal treatment. Cracks and breaks may expose your nerve endings, making the teeth sensitive to hot and cold air and foods.

Root canal treatment isn’t always necessary if your teeth are chipped or broken, though. Where there’s no pain or infection, cracks are filled and bound together with a specialised tooth cement, while a broken tooth will be fixed with a crown. Crowns are also used as part of the treatment for other types of splits and breaks, such as broken cusps, split roots/vertical breaks, split molars, and as a buttress against further cracks. If your tooth has decayed from the inside-out and is now broken, your Cedar Dental Care dentist may recommend that your tooth is removed.

Sometimes, if you have a cracked or broken tooth, it may not be noticeable because it doesn’t hurt. But no matter how minor these problems are, they should still be investigated by your dentist, as infections can arise if the problem isn’t treated with antibiotics. The best course of action is, as always, a good oral hygiene regime and regular reviews with the dentist.

What to do if you break your tooth

If you’ve fractured or broken a tooth, follow these steps immediately before booking an appointment with Cedar Dental Care.

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water
  • Apply pressure on any bleeding areas using gauze or a wet teabag
  • Apply an icepack to your cheek if there’s any swelling
  • If you have access to it, cover any major cracks with temporary dental cement
  • If it’s painful, use an over the counter pain reliever such as paracetamol
  • Cover any broken teeth with milk, saliva or saline solution

As with any teeth problems, if you have fractured or chipped a tooth it's important to book an appointment at Cedar Dental Care to see a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for routine dental health review. We will discuss the best method of repairing the break with you.

At Cedar Dental Care in Thatcham, Berkshire we use resin composite fillings to match the colour of your teeth and ensure a long-lasting and natural-looking result. We also offer porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays as successful options for repairing cracked, broken, decayed or heavily filled teeth. They are hardwearing and can be colour-matched perfectly to your own teeth.

If you would like to discuss concerns with any broken or chipped teeth give us a call on 01635 867979 or .

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Cedar Dental Care. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

25 Reviews

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Ray MacDonald

A first-class practice.

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Peter Starr

Highly competent and professional dental staff and treatment.

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Dean Murphy

Been a nervous and reluctant patient for over 25 years. The new dentist Patrick Bannister is excellent. Recent root canal treatment and a couple of fillings done with good explanations throughout, understanding and skill.

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Ian Best

Excellent Dental service 2nd to none customer service

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Kana Sasitharan

Excellent care and service, me are my family are with Cedar Dental for over 14 years.

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dean farrow

Amazing, awesome, exceptional, caring, understanding and just an incredible dental practice, i had a fear of dentists had not seen one in many years, literally first time back in the chair and thought here we go - far from it kindness and consideration Roy was just incredible a legend in these parts i am told i now know why and Sonia who works with him as incredible, the best team ever. Its not about saying thankyou, its saying when is the next appointment something i thought i would never say lol not to forget great people on reception too focused and totally professional, honestly i cant say enough about this practice, tell you for why i had total teeth extraction at the start all of em, this practice will put all that is wrong to right just over the moon with the experience. Thank you all.

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John Baston

Always very kind, professional and quick to respond to my needs. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Simon Ryder

Have been a patient of Cedar Dental Care for many years. I find the team very courteous and sympathetic me as an individual. Treatment has always been performed with to a high standard. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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Jen Scott

Calm, caring and professional through and through.

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Edward Jones

First-rate dental practice across the board. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Superb.

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Martin Moran

Great dental practice. Dental team are caring and consideration

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Pauline

A fantastic, friendly, efficient dental service. Highly recommended.

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Sharon

We see Abi Dundas. This dentist is knowledgeable, friendly and professional and we have complete confidence in her to look after our oral health.

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catherine brookes

Had a prompt call to go and have my teeth checked. Very thorough checking and cleaning. Then had an x-ray of all my teeth. Mouth rinsing. Then booked a further appointment.

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Philip Newman

Excellent level of care provided by the whole team - efficient, professional, caring and thorough treatment from the clinical side, and a welcoming, prompt and helpful interaction with the reception team - highly recommended

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Jyotveer Gill

I had an exceptional experience on my first visit. The facilities were accessible and all staff were wonderful. Dr Obhrai was wonderful. He was very thoughtful and gentle when resolving several issues with my teeth. I was impressed how he kept me informed throughout the procedure, explaining complex treatments in an easy to understand way. His assistant wictoria was also great. 5 stars and hope not to be back (considering great treatment and advice) but if I am, I know I am in good hands! Highly recommended!!

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Chandni Simi Dave

My husband has been a patient to this dental practice and been very happy. Today we took our daughter for the first time and we couldn’t be happier. Our very nervous 5 year old really enjoyed her first proper check up and was made to feel at ease by Abbey (the dentist) and the wonderful dental nurse. They are both so so kind and really good at their work too. The staff at reception are also very nice and helpful too. Highly recommend this practice, it’s clean, great staff and thorough check up.

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Arthur Dibble

Good covid protection. Professional service.

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James Cox

"I am very pleased with the service Ceder Dental Care have provided for me over the last year, especially Rebecca Law who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through my Invisalign journey. From start to finish she was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful in advising me the correct treatment for my teeth, and the end result looked brilliant. I couldn't recommend her and Ceder Dental Care more.

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Sonia Lewington

Only dentist to use very competent but not cheap or NHS

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dave pritchard

Excellent service as always. Covid arrangements were very well thought out and applied. I felt safe at all times. Friendly and polite - always are!! Thanks. 10/10

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Terry Davis

Great caring staff, and dentist. A very happy practice, it's all about preventative dentistry, & they do operate their own dental insurance. We have been patient here for over 30 years

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lucie thompson

Friendly staff, and amazing with nervous patience, brilliant service

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jenny davies

I have been going to cedar dentist for 20 years. I am a very nervous patient and sadley had to have a filling today. It was the first meeting with my new dentist today. I was put at ease and felt unrushed. Thankyou for your patience ,both dentist and dental nurse were brilliant. Worth the 2 hour drive. Excellent service as always.

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Richard Levy

Friendly surgery. Good dentists who don't do unnecessary work. Evening appointments available. Private prices are generally reasonable and quotes are always given first.

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