Broken, Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth can lead to complications beyond pain. It's essential to visit our office in Rapid City, SD immediately to prevent infection or decay.

Broken, Cracked or Chipped Tooth Repair in Rapid City, SD

If you have a cracked, chipped, or split tooth, you should visit us right away. Your tooth won’t heal on its own, even with home remedies. Even if the damage appears to be minimal or surface-level, it can be deceiving. Small sections of a tooth breaking off can put it at a significantly higher risk for cavities, while cracked teeth can expose the inner roots and softer parts of the tooth to bacteria and decay. The longer you wait to fix a broken tooth, the more likely you are to lose it altogether. So, act quickly and get the necessary care to restore your tooth and protect it from further damage.

A mockup of a cracked or broken tooth
  • How is a broken, cracked or chipped tooth fixed?

    We have a couple of different options depending on how badly your tooth is damaged. For minor chipping or surface cracks, dental bonding is a good choice. We will use tooth-colored resin or a filling to replace the lost material. This will protect the inner areas of the tooth that are more sensitive and vulnerable.

    A root canal and a dental crown may be necessary if your tooth is severely damaged with deep cracks, splits, or large chips. A root canal will ensure the roots are in good condition, while a dental crown will be placed on top of the damaged tooth to restore its function and aesthetic appearance.

    In more severe cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. If this happens, a more extensive restorative procedure will be necessary. A dental implant can be used to restore your natural bite, function, and aesthetics.

  • Are there home remedies for broken teeth?

    While home remedies cannot repair broken teeth, they can temporarily relieve discomfort until you can see a dentist. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help cleanse the area and reduce swelling. Applying a cold compress to the face near the affected tooth can also help alleviate pain. However, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is crucial to prevent further damage or infection.

  • Can a cracked or chipped tooth heal itself?

    A cracked or chipped tooth will not heal itself. Unlike bones, teeth do not have regenerative capabilities, which means any damage they sustain is permanent. Prompt dental intervention is essential to prevent the damage from worsening and to protect the tooth’s structure and health. Delaying treatment can lead to further complications, including severe pain, infection, and potential tooth loss.


More Questions?

If you have more questions about broken, cracked or chipped teeth, please contact our office and we'll be happy to help you understand your treatment options and when an appointment could be scheduled.

Black Hills Dentures, Implants and Urgent Care – Rapid City

719 Omaha St
Rapid City, SD 57701
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