Broken Teeth

Broken Teeth Solutions

If you have broken teeth or a chipped tooth come see us. Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack, or break. This dental emergency can happen from a number of reasons including: biting down on something hard, being hit in the face or mouth, falling, having cavities, and having older fillings that don’t support the remaining tooth structure.

When your tooth chips or breaks, it may not even hurt. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but when larger pieces of tooth break off, it can hurt. If it hurts, this could be a sign that the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. When the nerve endings in the dentin are exposed to air, you’ll likely feel extreme discomfort.

If you have a broken tooth, contact West Hill Family Dental right away for the relief you need.

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7 Common Types of Broken Teeth


Minor Cracks
Also called “craze lined,” are surface cracks that affect only the outer white surface of the tooth, or the enamel. Typically, minor cracks do not need treatment. However, Dr. Hemphill can lightly polish the area to smooth out any rough spots.
Cracked Teeth
This type of fracture involves the entire tooth. The tooth pieces remain in place, but the crack will gradually spread. These cracks can sometimes be repaired with filling material. The tooth often times will need a crown to prevent the crack from spreading and causing more instability. If the pulp (nerve and other live tissues) is damaged, a root canal may be necessary.
Chips
Minor chips don’t always need dental treatment. Dr. Hemphill may suggest repairing the damage with filling material to prevent it from getting worse or to improve the look and feel of the tooth. If the chip is very small, Dr. Hemphill may only polish and smooth out the chipped area.
Broken Cusp
These breaks affect the pointed chewing surfaces (the cusps) of your teeth. They usually do not affect the pulp and are unlikely to cause pain. Dr. Hemphill may repair the damage to restore the tooth’s shape. If the damage is significant an onlay or crown will be required.
Serious Breaks
A serious break is one that goes deep enough to expose the nerve. They almost always will cause the tooth to hurt. Typically, the broken part of the tooth bleeds. In these cases, the tooth may need to be extracted and Dr. Hemphill will have a discussion with you as to all possible dental solutions to restore the missing tooth.
Split Tooth
In this case, the tooth has split vertically into two separate parts. Teeth, like your back molars, have more than one root. It’s sometimes possible to keep the tooth but in most cases its best to remove the split tooth.
Decay-induced Break
In this case, the tooth has broken or crumbled because a cavity weakened it from the inside out. Dr. Hemphill will evaluate the cavity and recommend the best way to restore the tooth. If the decay is extensive and goes down to the bone, the tooth may have to be removed – although this is rare.

 

smiling man after having broken teeth fixed

6 Ways to Avoid Broken Teeth

Although broken teeth happen, there are precautions you can take to help avoid the pain and inconvenience of broken teeth. 


Use a Sports Mouth Guard
One of the most common causes of broken teeth results from sports trauma. A custom mouth guard will significantly reduce the chances of broken teeth while playing sports.
Chewing on Ice
Don’t do it. Ice is hard enough to chip or crack your teeth. If you have a habit of chewing on ice you could unknowingly be stressing and damaging your enamel.
Chewing on Hard Candy
Any form of hard candy is typically hard enough to crack or chip your teeth. If you must have your candy fix do not bite into it. It lasts longer that way too.
Tongue or Lip Piercings
Accidentally biting the metal in your tongue or lip can easily crack or damage a tooth. If you have a tongue or lip piercing you should take it out while eating and even sleeping.
Opening Things with your Teeth
Use scissors or an appropriate tool when opening anything. Bottles should be opened with bottle openers and bags with scissors. Spare your teeth!
Chewing on Pencils or Pens
If chewing on your pen or pencil relaxes you consider sugar free gum instead. Pens and pencil are hard and can easily chip or fracture a tooth.

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    Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
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    "Going to the Dentist," isn't something most folks look forward to. Fortunately, the Team at West Hill Family Dental makes that experience an enjoyable event with a friendly, thoughtful and genuinely concerned approach to both routine care and one-off emergencies. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive; everything from scheduling to changes is accommodated with little fuss and a genuine enthusiasm to see you at the next opportunity. And the overall quality of care, execution and attention to customer needs are unmatched by most practices, and certainly by the cookie-cutter pop-ups that abound elsewhere. Highly recommended, family-oriented and very professional in every aspect of care and delivery - they're definitely on the list of recommendations to new residents and neighbors!
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    In the past I have had bad experiences with dentist and I have switch many times and I think I have finally found my forever home. Kim and Monica at the front desk are amazing they make sure that if you have any concerns, they will accommodate you in any way they can. They also socialize with you which makes visiting the dentist feel like visiting family. This is by far the best dentist I've ever been to and would recommend them to anyone.
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    Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.
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Based on 26 reviews

Loved the doctor & excellent staff! Extremely welcoming. When you walk in you are always greeted with a smile, and the office is very clean and up to date. One of the best dental experiences I have had and I will definitely come back!

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I do not dread going to the dentist any more, even if I need something more than a cleaning. They are great people, always upbeat, always honest, and very accommodating. I love my visits and appreciate their expertise and care!

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Adam C.

Great service and great people. I used to hate going to the Dentist. Very nice and courteous dental staff. Helpful front desk staff who can figure out your dental plan and give you an actual price.

Brandon Z.

Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.

Nicole R.

Great experience getting my first crown. Dr.Hemphill and team are gentle and made everything painless! Definitely would recommend anyone who is looking for a dentist.

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Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.

Savi S.

This is the best dentist office I have ever been too. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and they truly care about you. Melissa, the hygienist is amazing and Dr. Hemphill always goes above and beyond. The staff at the front desk make you feel right at home and you always receive exceptional customer service. I highly recommend West Hill Family Dental.

Michele M.

The entire staff at West Hill Family Dental is extremely friendly and personable. The hygienists make you feel comfortable and the dentists are thorough yet efficient. I have been going there for 5 years and have never had a negative experience or felt as if they were trying to push dental work I did not need. I would highly recommend West Hill Family Dental to anyone looking for a dentist.

Marco A.

I am a very anxious person who was petrified to go to the dentist but had too because I had pain. The staff was amazing and Dr. Hemphill is obviously extremely skilled and his people skills are second to none. I had a root canal where I felt no pain and I am typing this just 4 hours after my procedure and I feel relief and no pain at all. WOW- if anyone is hesitant as a first time patient don't be. You are welcomed as a part of the family practice and I have no anxiety about my next visit. I have a lot of work to be done but know now there is no better place to go than West Hill. I am so glad I found them.

Steve B.

I am from out of town visiting family in Connecticut this weekend and I had a terrible toothache and didn't know where to turn. Obviously my family dentist is a few hundred miles away and It was a Saturday morning. I asked my uncle who I should call for help. They told me their dentist, Dr. Hemphill, has an emergency number I should try....so I did. Dr. Hemphill was kind enough to drive in and assess the situation. I am out of pain and enjoying the rest of my weekend with my family. Thank you Dr. Hemphill. I can't thank you enough for all your time and help with this tooth situation.

Parag D.

They made changing dentists after 32 years extremely easy, very friendly, and informative, they make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door!

Ashley B.

The best dentist ever! Love the water pick! The dental hygienists are wonderful and Dr. Hemphill is a pro at his job. Even makes getting novocaine easy! Even my children enjoy getting their teeth cleaned here.

Meredith

Always a good experience! Everyone is extremely nice and professional!

Joann H.

Just switched my kids to them and they wonderful!! GREAT staff, from front desk to the hygienist to the dentist himself! I am very picky when it comes to this stuff but You know you have the right one when you're kids ASK when they can go back to the dentist! I'd recommend them to anyone!!

Briana B.

As someone who has never been a fan of the dentist, I can honestly say this experience was comforting and painless! I was greeted with a smile at the front desk and exceptional patient care from the hygienist, to the assistant, to Dr. Hemphill himself. Dr. Hemphill walked me through, step by step, explaining what he was doing as his assistant and hygienist comforted me along the way! The entire staff was extremely friendly and personable!

Autumn S.

Best dental practice in CT... I recommend all my family and friends here... Wonderful, friendly staff... Look at our pearly whites...

Melissa F.

Dr Hemphill is easily the best dentist I've ever had. All of the staff are very friendly and caring. If your looking for a dentist in this area pick these people! You wont regret it.

Ashley C.

Dr Hemphill is simply the best! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, most sincere people I have come across in a long time. He really stepped up to the plate when I had an emergency situation. He came in and opened his doors to me on his day off and not only saved me from a lot of pain and misery but he also saved my tooth!

Scott K.

Dr. Hemphill, or as I like to call him "Dr. H", makes going to the dentist stress free and actually a FUN and comfortable experience. He's a fantastic doctor and a great guy who really cares about his patients. The office is clean and the staff is friendly. They take my insurance and make everything totally affordable. I'm so glad I found Dr. Hemphill!

Shannon R.

Dr.Hemphill and the staff at the West Hill Family Dental showed great caring and understanding during a year long multiple visits required by my difficult dental situation. Dr. Hemphill worked with me to find the best possible plan forward. Changing of the multiple old crowns involved restoring of the decay damaged teeth, performing root canals and building up of the teeth core. With the help of a friendly dental assistant Kinga teeth were repaired and old crowns replaced by the new ones. Vicky always tried to find the best financial plan for the dental services and accommodate my busy schedule when making future appointments. Melissa and Tina did a great job on teeth cleaning. The West Hill Family Dental is a dental office where patients will find professional service while being treated with understanding and as a part of a family.

Bojana N.

Great service, flexible appointments, friendly staff and we are happy so far.

Ram P.

Really great dentist. Been a patient of his since he went into private practice and liked him so much that when he moved his office from Glastonbury to Rocky Hill, my whole family followed him. Not only is he an excellent dentist, the staff is great and appointments are on time. I can't think of enough nice things to say about him.

Mike R.

Great dentist for me and my children!

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