Broken Tooth is usually caused by trauma, from biting down into something or receiving a hard blow on the face. Tooth may also break due to decay. Broken tooth may range from a minor chipping off the tooth to the entire tooth being knocked away. Symptoms of broken tooth are minor chipping of the tooth; complete breaking of tooth, sometimes accompanied by pain or bleeding gums. Cracked tooth is another case of broken tooth in which there is incomplete fracture of the dentine.
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?
If the patient is in pain, Acetaminophen or other over-the-counter analgesics will help in pain relief. Rinsing the mouth with salt water is also encouraged. If there is a sharp or jagged area at the site of tooth break, it should be covered with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum in order to prevent it from cutting or damaging the inner aspect of the tongue, lips or cheek. In addition, consumption of soft food and fluids is highly encouraged and the patient should avoid biting on the site of broken tooth. Moreover, the dentist will always decide the mode of treatment, depending on how severe the condition is.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most tooth breakages, the remaining tooth may need to be protected with a crown.