Breaking a permanent tooth due to a fall or injury is called broken tooth. Minor tooth injuries don’t hurt but if a large piece of tooth breaks it can hurt. The nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. Pain may be constant and also pain may be felt while chewing or when exposed to air.
HOW IS BROKEN TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
A broken tooth due to injury needs immediate medical attention. The dentist will perform a physical examination along with details of the injury to diagnose the situation. He may suggest X-ray for further detection of the problem.
HOW IS BROKEN TOOTH TREATED?
The treatment for broken tooth is based on the severity of the break. A tooth filling is used to fix breaks to the outer part of the tooth (the enamel). A dental filling may be used for a more serious break involving the enamel and inner layer of the tooth (dentin), but often a dental crown is necessary in these cases. The most serious breaks are those that damage a tooth's nerve. These usually require a root canal to remove the damaged nerve and blood vessels.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most tooth breakages, the remaining tooth may need to be protected with a crown.