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Broken or cracked tooth

Cracked Tooth Flowchart

A broken tooth or broken filling can occur when biting into some type of food or other substance. Repeat offenders at breaking teeth or fillings are crackling, bones, lollies (particularly minties!), but sometimes it is a soft food that breaks the tooth. This is because the tooth has been undergoing stresses whilst you have been eating, eventually it is like the straw that broke the camel's back!

Sometimes there is no pain associated with a broken tooth. However, you may experience a sore bit on the side of your tongue or cheek due to a sharp bit of tooth, and/or the tooth itself may be sensitive to hot or cold.

It is important to come visit us to see if your tooth is restorable. If you leave a broken tooth without seeing a dentist, it may get infected which limits your options in saving the tooth long-term; an infected tooth requires a root canal treatment or an extraction. 

Broken or cracked teeth may have

  • no sensitivity
  • sensitivity may be sensitive to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks
    • that lasts seconds or minutes
    • or it lasts hours with constant pain, disturbed sleep and a bad taste in your mouth

solutions for broken or cracked teeth

We would highly recommend coming for a consultation and x-ray (from $93), to assess if the tooth is saveable. Here are your treatment options for a broken or cracked tooth. Click on the green words to find out more about specific treatments:

  1. repair (from $160), very short-term temporary option
  2. replace the broken filling with a white composite filling ($150-395), medium strength option, may last 3-5 years
  3. place an OVC which is a hybrid ceramic restoration of medium-high strength for premolar and molar teeth (from $850). 
  4. manufacture a NZ lab-made crown, high strength and long-lasting option 10+ years (from $1600)
  5. extract the tooth (from $250). Click on our replacing missing teeth page
  6. If an abscess has developed, the tooth may need root canal treatment prior to it being rebuilt which starts from $800. Alternatively the tooth can be removed.
I had my first visit at Garden Dental today on recommendation from a friend. Fi made me feel very welcome and is super friendly and caring with a very down-to-earth yet professional manner. I felt quickly at ease which is just what you want when you visit the Dentist. Everyone at Gardens was in fact wonderful and friendly. I'm very happy and will definitely will be coming back :-) thanks again!!
Natalie Thompson  
I can not recomend Fiona and Vicki enough. Have always dreaded going to the dentist until these guys. Cannot stress how easy they made each appointment, they give the good drugs so you dont feel a thing. They are also lovely and friendly and always great at making you laugh. seriously cant recomend them enough : )
Ali Uden  
I have never felt so relaxed or happy about going to the dentist. Fi and Vicky are incredible and make me feel so at ease. I really wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
Sian Casserly  
What an absolutely refreshing change to go to a dentist and come out after an amazing, painless process. Have not regretted changing to Fiona and her team.
Steve Bolt  
One of the best dental experiences to date. Fi was fun and lighthearted which made for a pleasant appointment. Super gentle and checked in with me often to make sure I was ok. Can’t recommend her and her skills enough!!
Kristy Whitchelo  
Fi and Vicki you are honestly such a fantastic dental team. I have been visiting for many years now and can not speak any more highly of you both. You make my visits feel so relaxed that it doesn't feel like you are even at the dentist. Thank you girls for always looking after me, you are the best
Louise Fox  
Just recently had a cleaning & cavity filled by the lovely Fi from Gardens Dental. She is amazing and works wonders not only on your teeth but also to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during your time with her! Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a local dentist!
Jess Lowcher  
First review because I just wanted to say Fi and Vicky are honestly the best..so scared of dentists but they have made it the best experience ever. Very gentle, zero pain for multiple complicated procedures and don’t make you feel bad about not going to the dentist for ages ..they are super cool!
David Weaver  
Fiona is great to deal with and goes the extra mile, even ringing you in the evening to check that all is well. She is highly professional and a breath of fresh air. A thoroughly honest and approachable dentist.
Jez Rogers  
I had extensive work done on my lower teeth and a new top denture made. It was almost a fun experience.
Fi & Vicki are a great team, and their constant banter helped me to relax. They did so much to improve my smile and my self confidence. I highly recommend them both.
Helen Roberts