When a tooth is damaged, steps need to be taken immediately to provide appropriate care for the tooth. If something has happened to a filling, or if you damaged a tooth because of chipping, breaking or a fracture, take some steps until you can see your dentist. If you don't, the tooth will suffer other dental problems and infection may set in. You may even end up losing the tooth. If your tooth is broken, chipped or fractured in some way, try to see your dentist within hours Most dentists will give emergency appointments. If the damage is due to a trauma of some sort, such as a car accident, you should try to be seen at emergency room right away. Immediately afterwards, you should see your dentist. Damaged teeth can be repaired most of the time. Your tooth may need more aggressive treatment, than they give at the emergency room, such as capping or filling to be restored to its original condition or even in order to be saved.
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can happen in several ways:
A broken tooth that is not taken care of can become infected or abcessed. In some extreme cases, a damaged tooth cannot be saved and an extraction will be necessary. Your options in this case may be a bridge or implant
The treatments are to reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to the teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible..