First aid for broken or chipped teeth

Broken or chipped teeth are the most common dental injury.

Photo of someone's tooth, which has been broken at the bottom so that the cream-coloured dentine is exposed. Sometimes this makes the tooth very sensitive due to the inner layers of the teeth being exposed (dental pulp or dentine). Other times, there may not be any discomfort but they look damaged.

It’s important to protect broken teeth to prevent infection developing inside the tooth, which can lead to an abscess.

See your dentist as soon as you can. They can give you a protective covering over the broken tooth or a filling to replace the missing part.

If the broken fragment is available, bring it with you to the dentist. They’ll decide if it can be used to repair the tooth.

Related websites

New Zealand Dental Association
User friendly advice on oral health from the New Zealand Dental Association.

ACC can help with the costs of your dental treatment if it’s needed because of accident or injury.

Reproduced with the permission of the New Zealand Dental Association, based on the ‘Keeping Your Teeth for a Lifetime ... Easy As’ resource.

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