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?
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.