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?
The dentist will usually conduct a physical examination first with the help of varied instruments before turning to a tooth X ray so as to measure the extent of the damage to the roots of the teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked.
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 many cases broken tooth are caused due to decay and plaque. A good dental hygiene in daily routine may be helpful to prevent a broken tooth.