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Our teeth are remarkably strong, but they can still break under extreme stress. A broken tooth can be caused by several reasons, including a fall that involves the facial area, cavities that weaken the tooth, biting down on something hard, and having old amalgam fillings that no longer support the remaining enamel of the tooth. When a tooth breaks, it may not hurt. However, you may feel the sharp area pretty quickly. It usually hurts more when a large piece of the tooth breaks off and the nerve inside the tooth is damaged. A patient will experience extreme discomfort when their tooth’s nerve endings, in the dentin, are exposed to air, or to cold or hot drinks and foods.
Symptoms of a Broken Tooth
If a tooth is broken, there may be vertical or horizontal cracks in the tooth root (below the gum line), or cracked enamel without the loss of tooth structure. If you notice these symptoms when looking into the mirror while self-examining, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, the tooth could become infected or further damaged. You do not want to end up losing the tooth.
Broken Tooth | FAQ
What should I do before arriving at the dentist’s office?
You will want to rinse your mouth with warm water and stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a piece of gauze (hold for at least ten minutes). Use a tea bag instead if the former doesn’t work. If it’s painful, you can apply a cold pack to your lips or cheek over the broken tooth. In some cases, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
When will I require a crown?
A crown is usually needed for repairing a broken tooth when the damage is extensive. The crown will preserve the remaining structure and helps prevent infection or decay. You can rest assured that the dental crowns provide a natural look.
Will anything bad happen if I ignore a broken tooth?
If you ignore it, you may allow bacteria to come into contact with the sensitive layers of the dentin below. If tooth decay forms, bacteria will infect the pulp and abscess will form. You may develop a fever or even lose the teeth.
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Treatment Methods for a Broken Tooth
If it’s a broken cusp, which are the pointed chewing surfaces of your teeth, the dentist may repair the damage with a crown or an onlay to restore the tooth’s shape. For more serious breaks that go deep enough to expose the nerve, a root canal treatment may be required to remove the exposed nerve. A crown may also be used by the dentist to restore your tooth to normal function, allowing you to chew and eat properly. If your tooth has crumbled or broken due to cavities, and has weakened the tooth from the inside out, your dentist will evaluate the cavity and recommend the best dental restoration method. If the decay or damage is extensive and affects the bone, removing the tooth may be a necessity.