Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack, fracture or completely break. This can happen in several ways:
- Biting down on something hard
- Trauma to the face or mouth
- Having cavities that weaken the tooth
- Composite Restorations
- Porcelain Crowns, inlays or onlays
- Crown and Bridge
- Implant supported crown
- Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth chips or break it will not necessarily be painful. Minor tooth fractures may not cause any pain. If however you break a large piece of tooth away, it can hurt. This is because the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged as well. If it is exposed to air, or hot or cold foods or drinks it can be especially uncomfortable. Pain from a broken tooth may be constant or may come and go. Many people experience pain when they chew and put pressure on the tooth.
There is no home remedy for a cracked tooth. You need to see your dentist. Sometimes the tooth may look fine but be sensitive to hot or cold drinks or food. 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 damaged tooth you need to call Dr Mark Peddey’s dental surgery as soon as possible. Dr Peddey can diagnose the severity of the break and if the nerve is in any danger. A damaged nerve will normally require root canal treatment.
There are several types of tooth fractures and breaks. It is important that the correct diagnosis is made when you break or fracture a tooth because each of these situations requires different treatment.