Dental Emergency: What To Do

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Dental Emergency! Broken front tooth. Cracked molar. Dentist, please help!

You know that moment you instantly regret crunching down on crusty bread? Or chewing that piece of ice? Ever use your teeth as tools “accidentally” because you just didn’t have the right tool at the right moment?  Snap! Crackle! Pop! A broken tooth, whether one in the front right before you have a wedding to attend, or one in the back before you leave the country. It’s always inconvenient, no matter what. At our dental practice we get that. We understand that a broken tooth is pain to deal with, sometimes quite literally. But never fear, Montclair Smile Design is here!

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A broken tooth can sometimes be fixed with a simple tooth colored bonding material. You are in and out of the dental office in about an hour. Sometimes a tooth that is broken beyond a simple fix requires something more substantial to fully repair it.Where and how much of a tooth is broken will tell the dentist if a crown is needed. Sometimes a tooth can break enough to expose the nerve requiring a root canal and then a crown. These procedures can take a little more time to take care of. Even if a crown is needed, you will leave the office with a state of the art temporary crown that looks pretty close to what the final product will be. That’s just how good we are!

Interesting fact! If a tooth gets completely avulsed from the socket, it can be placed in a small container of water or milk to keep it hydrated! If you are able to see the dentist within 24 hours there are times when the dentist can actually place the tooth back in the socket and the ligaments will reattach! Aren’t our bodies amazing?

There are ways to avoid common dental dilemmas!

  1. Avoid chewing things like ice, hard candies, popcorn kernels and other hard/crunchy foods.
  2. Don’t use your teeth as tools!
  3. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports and at night.
  4. Brush and floss regularly to maintain healthy strong teeth!


Keep our number handy in any dental emergency situations!  510-339-0277.




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