When a patient experiences a broken tooth, it is often a surprise as most commonly it is something soft that one has bitten into that “breaks the tooth.” A broken tooth is a result of the previous “1,000 chews” that has weakened the tooth over time not just the final bite that actually breaks the tooth; this is called a “fatigue fracture” by scientists. 


What to do about a broken tooth?

  • the broken tooth is weak and is likely to break more: do not chew on the broken tooth until you get it fixed
  • if the broken tooth is a back bottom tooth, it is likely sharp and cutting your tongue: place a piece of sugarless gum into the defect to protect your tongue from being cut
  • patients are most concerned when the broken tooth is a front tooth because it is cosmetically unacceptable for most people

Have a Different Dental Emergency?


Dental Emergency Information from Emergency Dentists: Separating Fact from Fiction.


If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is in the best interest of your health to contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible. 


Above are some helpful tips until you can see a dentist.