Livingston Dentists: What Happens When You Break a Tooth?

Maybe you were playing football with some friends. Maybe you just bit down on a peach pit or popcorn kernel. Either way, it happened: You broke a tooth. Now what? At The Silverstrom Group, we can repair your broken tooth, rejuvenating your smile and addressing your discomfort. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, provide a fun and informative quiz to discuss the importance of repairing a broken tooth.Broken Tooth Quiz1. True or False: You should gather up any pieces of the tooth you can find.2. True or False: A broken tooth increases the risk of tooth decay.3. True or False: With dental bonding, your Livingston NJ cosmetic dentists can repair a broken tooth.4. True or False: For damaged front teeth, many patients prefer porcelain veneers.Answer Key1. True. After gathering the pieces, you may need to use a piece of gauze or a cotton ball to control bleeding. A cold compress will help reduce swelling. Bring the pieces with you when you see Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom.2. True. Below your enamel is a sensitive layer of tooth structure known as dentin. A broken tooth exposes the dentin to bacteria, causing tooth decay. Without treatment, the decay may spread, eventually causing an infection. Your tooth may require a root canal or even extraction to address the infection.3. True. Dr. David or Gary Silvestrom will apply several thin layers of composite resin to the tooth. The material can be shaded to ensure the repairs look natural.4. True. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed onto the front teeth with a powerful bonding agent. Custom-made for a lifelike appearance, veneers repair damage and cover imperfections.Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ Cosmetic DentistsHave you broken a tooth? If so, talk to your Livingston NJ cosmetic dentists right away. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will use the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to return your tooth to full function and beauty. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.