Enamel, the compound which overlies teeth is the hardest and most mineralized tissue in our body. But traumatic causes like falls, blow to the face and biting something hard may lead to broken tooth or teeth. This can either occur in an already decayed tooth or a completely healthy tooth. Patients will notice the broken tooth, as an undissolving substance in the mouth, and may complain of pain.
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?
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.