Broken Tooth

Why did my tooth break?

A broken tooth (otherwise known as cracked tooth syndrome) can occur due to dental trauma, large cavities, large pre-existing fillings, or lost or broken restorations (crowns). If a broken tooth occurs, it’s important to see Dr. Lepore immediately to evaluate the severity of the broken tooth, and to prevent further damage or tooth pain.

A broken tooth can be as minor as a chip in the enamel layer, or as severe as fracturing the tooth to the gum line or into the core of the tooth, where the nerve is located. It is not uncommon for a broken tooth to not cause any pain, however, left untreated, more expensive dentistry could be required as things continue to fail and deteriorate.

Broken tooth

Cracked Tooth Video:

Broken Tooth Symptoms

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Biting sensitivity 
  • Have no symptoms at all
  • Tooth may feel sharp to your tongue if a filling fractures off

Overtime, trauma from chewing or large fillings can weaken or leak over time, and cause the tooth to fracture. A cracked tooth may not experience temperature sensitivity, or experience any pressure sensitivity, but not treating a broken tooth can have serious consequences such as an infection or loss of the tooth. 

Broken Tooth Treatment

If the chip is minor, Dr. Lepore can repair the chipped tooth with a filling or dental bonding.

Chipped Tooth Video

However, if the crack or break extends to more than half the tooth, the tooth will need a dental crown to protect and maintain the tooth.

Crown with Core Buildup Video:

If the crack or break extends into the core of your tooth,where your nerve and blood vessels are located, it will require a root canal in addition to a core buildup and crown, in order to properly restore the tooth.

Root Canal with Post-Core Buildup (Impression)

What happens if I don’t repair my broken tooth?

Left untreated, a broken tooth can become infected and develop worsening tooth decay, leading to tooth pain and potentially, eventual loss of the tooth. 

Detect potential dental issues now 

In order to prevent potential issues down the line, it’s important to maintain your oral health by coming in regularly for dental check-ups. Our team members will take pictures of your teeth during your visits to show you areas where cracks are developing. Give us a call today to schedule your next check-up with Dr. Lepore. 

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry’s Modern Yet Compassionate Dental Care

Patients Testimonial - Joe
Joe finds himself to be a part of the family at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, and he greatly appreciates that the team is up to date on current dental procedures and that Dr. Lepore takes the time to explain treatment and has created a roadmap for his future dental work. Joe finds Dr. Lepore to be a family man who shows empathy and compassion to his patients – a priceless quality in a doctor.

Well I like to start off by saying that coming to be a patient for the first time to Dr. Lepore I came in here as a Lepore patient but I left from here feeling like I was part of the family and that is so important to me and to my family, and some of the points for me to bring myself and my family here to Dr. Lepore is that he is so professional with his staff – they are so over the top another reason is that they are so up to date with current dental care which again is so important to the patient and I came originally to Doctor Lepore for a front Veneer. He explained what was going on – he took the time with me which was very very important and he created that road map for the – what was going to happen for future dental care. One of the things that is huge with me with Dr. Lepore is that my wife is a cancer survivor and he is a family man. She came to doctor Lepore and he took the time with her and explained to her and was so caring to her and the compassion that he showed her was priceless for me so for me this is my home this is my family and Doctor Lepore and his staff from the roles to the top and down – just an incredible place.

Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.


All my visits have been great so far. Quality service and very personable staff. Always has time for you and your concerns.

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