Fractured Tooth or broken or cracked tooth is a condition in which a part of or the entire tooth is cracked. In some cases the fracture or crack may be too small to be detected in an X-ray. Symptoms of fractured tooth are:
• Pain or discomfort while biting or chewing
• Discomfort or teeth sensitivity in cold or hot temperatures
• Intermittent pain that occurs only when teeth are used
HOW IS FRACTURED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
The actual diagnosis of the Fractured Tooth condition has to involve a subjective and objective examination by the dentist. Periodontal probing and radiographic examination can also be resorted to in the final diagnosis of the condition before treatment.
HOW IS FRACTURED TOOTH TREATED?
Depending on the results from the diagnostic tests, the treatment will be structured. If there is a fractured cusp, the fractured portion is removed and restoration work is done with a full crown or an overlay using enamel bonding and adhesive resins to ensure that the gaps are completely filled. If the damage is more severe, root canal procedure can also be adopted by the dentist.
DID YOU KNOW?
A fractured tooth is at a higher risk to fall off or chip. So exercise caution when eating from that side of the mouth.