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The removal of wisdom teeth is a routine dental treatment. Third molars might still be vulnerable to cracking and breaking even if you are among the fortunate few who have them erupt spontaneously, just like any other teeth.

Is urgent dental care required when a wisdom tooth cracks or breaks? The short answer is yes, and you should book a consultation with your neighborhood dentist right away.

This is because it is possible for microorganisms to penetrate a cracked or broken tooth and cause damage. Infections can spread quickly because wisdom teeth are difficult to clean with a toothbrush, even when they are at their finest. When they do, your jaw and gums may experience additional issues.

Therefore, even if you have little to no discomfort and think that your wisdom tooth may be fractured or broken, you should call your dentist right away.

Fortunately, the procedure may not always result in the extraction of your wisdom tooth. Instead, it depends on how badly the tooth has fractured and how much harm it has done.

Look into what transpires when a wisdom tooth breaks and you require emergency dentistry.

What Causes Wisdom Teeth to Break?

Wisdom teeth, as the name suggests, typically erupt in later life. By this point, there is typically not much room left in the mouth for them to develop. It’s typical for another tooth to be occupying the same space as they attempt to grow through the gum. It develops at an unusual angle as a result, which leads to breaking or cracking.

Third molars are also vulnerable to blunt force trauma, such as a jaw impact or when biting down on anything hard, just like any other tooth. This may result in tooth fragmentation, which may then hurt.

Extraction of a Broken Wisdom Tooth

Removing a damaged tooth only requires one dentist visit and is a reasonably quick and painless procedure. If this is a simple extraction, emergency dentistry is frequently performed chairside and can be finished in a couple of minutes.

As the tooth is gradually pulled out from its socket, patients should only feel a faint pressure from a rocking motion.

If the shattered wisdom tooth has gotten impacted, it might need to be divided into smaller pieces and extracted one at a time. Even if it could take longer and require a lengthier recuperation, you should still feel at ease.

The Best Way to Take Care of Wisdom Teeth

Extra care must be done to ensure that your wisdom teeth stay in top shape if you were fortunate enough to have them erupt normally. The issue is that third molars frequently go unnoticed during a standard dental cleaning because of their position in the back of the mouth. Because of this, infections could quickly worsen and spread if your wisdom teeth have any fractures, chips, or breaks.

You might want to think about using water flossers and antimicrobial mouth rinses in addition to consistent, thorough brushing and flossing to help more effectively target challenging-to-reach places like wisdom teeth.


Do not overlook the situation if you believe you have a cracked or fractured tooth. Bacterial infections brought on by a fractured wisdom tooth can quickly spread to the gums and jaw.

Schedule a dental emergency appointment immediately if your wisdom tooth breaks. The majority of dentists will accommodate emergency appointments in their hectic schedules, so they should be able to schedule you on the same day.

If you feel your wisdom teeth breaking apart, don’t hesitate to contact Dental House MI right away. We provide preventive dentistry, dentures, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, advanced dental technology, dental implants, and more. Book your dental appointment with us today!

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