A broken tooth refers to broken or chipped teeth which are not moved from their original position. A broken tooth is usually caused by trauma - from biting down on something hard to receiving a blow to the face. Tooth decay can also weaken a tooth, eventually causing it to break. Sometimes a broken tooth will cause a toothache or jaw pain; other times it may lead to tooth sensitivity.
HOW IS BROKEN TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
A dentist diagnoses a broken tooth by physical examination. The dentist diagnoses the type of fracture from the different types namely: minor cracks, chips, cracked tooth, broken cusp, split tooth, serious breaks, vertical breaks, decay induced break. Depending on the type of fracture a dentist treats the broken tooth.
HOW IS BROKEN TOOTH TREATED?
First aid for completely broken tooth is to keep a piece of gauze in the place where the tooth is broken and bite down and then rush to the dentist. For severe tooth breakage that has affected the nerve of the tooth, root canal treatment is required. In less severe tooth loss, dental filling maybe required, which is usually followed by dental crown treatment. For minor tooth breakage or just chipping of a small bit, a dental filling or bonding may help.
DID YOU KNOW?
A root canal also removes the dead pulp left by a broken tooth so that it does not decay.