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?
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?
First aid for completely broken tooth is to keep a piece of gauze in the place where the tooth is broken and bite down and then rush to the dentist. For severe tooth breakage that has affected the nerve of the tooth, root canal treatment is required. In less severe tooth loss, dental filling maybe required, which is usually followed by dental crown treatment. For minor tooth breakage or just chipping of a small bit, a dental filling or bonding may help.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you notice that your tooth is broken, the first thing is to calm down and seek medical aid as soon as possible, because restless behaviours may further infect the affected area, may cause further damage and can even end up losing the tooth.