I don’t know what happened. I was out with my husband for some dinner after work and when I bit down on something I felt my tooth break. I actually took pieces out. I don’t know why this happened. I wasn’t eating anything super hard I was biting on. I don’t have a dentist. I brush my teeth every day and have never had any problems so I didn’t see the point in going. I don’t know the protocol for this. It’s after hours, so do I go to an ER? Can this be fixed or will I need a new tooth?
That likely put a damper on your lovely dinner with your husband. Life can be discouraging sometimes, can’t it? An E.R. isn’t the right place for this. While they might give you some ibuprofen and charge you about $100 for it, they won’t do any dental work.
Most dentists have an after-hours protocol for dental emergencies for their patients. Because you don’t have a dentist, you’ll need to find one who will see non-established patients in cases of dental emergencies. You can often find them by doing an internet search using the term “emergency dentist“.
It’s very likely you had decay that continued to spread, weakening the tooth until it broke. You can’t always feel decay unless it reaches a nerve or the pulp of a tooth. This would also be considered a dental emergency because it is an infection that will continue to spread.
Often, a broken tooth can be repaired, so that is good news. Your tooth will likely require a dental crown.
If it can’t be saved, you can have a tooth replaced these days. The best replacement is a dental implant.
Even though you brush regularly, that won’t prevent problems, as your recent dinner experience demonstrated. Dental problems can be hidden and painless. This is one of the benefits of dental checkups. Your dentist will make sure digital x-rays are done so they can catch any decay quickly before you need costly repairs.
I hope this helps.
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