Broken Tooth: Here’s What To Do

Breaking a tooth can feel quite scary. In addition to finding yourself in a bit of shock that your previously intact tooth is suddenly in pieces, you may also feel overwhelmed regarding the proper response to this experience. First things first, do not panic. By remaining calm you will have a much easier time preparing for your emergency dentistry visit. The sooner we see you, the faster we can help your tooth, improve your comfort, and ensure we repair the damage, so you may go back to your previously scheduled daily life. Consider the following:

Contact Us

Just broke your tooth? Do not wait to call us. Instead, contact us immediately. We will do our best to schedule an appointment for you with great urgency, so we can address your tooth.

Steps for Dealing With A Broken Tooth

  1. Gather the pieces. Don’t throw the pieces away! Instead, if you can collect them, do so.
  2. Place the pieces of your tooth in a sealed container. A plastic bag or plastic container or anything else that is clean and airtight will do. Bring this with you to your visit.
  3. Contact a friend or loved one if you feel too shaken up to drive yourself to our office.

What To Expect

Your tooth may have broken as the result of a variety of causes. For a tooth suffering from minor breakage, we may be able to provide you with an inlay or onlay. An inlay is a restoration that replaces tooth tissue lost between your cusps – an onlay restores damaged cusp tissue or tissue down the side of your tooth. Severe breakage may require the placement of a dental crown. A break that leaves too little tooth tissue to save may require an extraction and tooth replacement. Rest assured, we will also address underlying causes, such as tooth decay or infection, if they contributed to the damage.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.