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?
X-ray studies will be carried out to assess the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone where the treatment plan will depend on the results.
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.