Teeth are remarkably strong, but they are susceptible to being chipped, cracked (fractured) or broken because of:
When a tooth chips or breaks it may not hurt, but your tongue usually feels the sharp area quite quickly. Minor tooth fractures don’t usually cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off then it may hurt if the nerve inside the tooth becomes exposed and/or damaged. If this tooth is then exposed to air, or hot or cold food or drink, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant, or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because this action puts pressure on the tooth.
Cracked (Fractured) Teeth:
There is no way to treat a cracked tooth at home, so you need to book an appointment at your dentist. Sometimes the tooth looks fine, but it hurts only when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes (because you drank something hot or cold, for example). If your tooth hurts all the time, it may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels – this is a serious warning sign.
If you have a broken tooth, you need to see us as soon as possible. We can figure out if the break was caused by tooth decay or tooth trauma, and if the tooth’s nerve is compromised. A damaged nerve will usually require root canal treatment. In the meantime, it may help if you:
There are several types of tooth fractures and breaks, each of which requires different treatments. These include:
The below treatments can also help:
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