A broken or chipped tooth is a common type of dental injury. Dr. Omar Aldaoudi, Specialist Prosthodontist in Dubai, gives us advice on how to deal with it and how to prevent further damage.

I broke a tooth, what should I do?

If you can find the fractured tooth fragment, store it in milk or saliva. Book an appointment with your dentist immediately. According to the extent and type of fracture, the dentist can determine whether the fractured tooth should be monitored, treated or removed.

Can I get my tooth fixed on the same day? What kind of treatments can be done to fix a broken tooth?

Minor fractures that involve only the enamel (hard outer covering of a tooth) can be fixed on the same day by bonding the existing fragment or composite restoration.

For larger fractures involving enamel and dentin (hard tissue beneath the enamel), they can be fixed the same way as enamel fractures but crowns are sometimes required needed as a definitive restoration.