Broken teeth may not necessarily cause instant pain.
If the break has spread to the nerve, you might experience occasional discomfort while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold, but in some cases there is no pain.
Whether you are in pain or not, see your Kellyville Ridge dentist as soon as possible to check the health and condition of the cracked tooth and receive necessary treatment to prevent further deterioration or problems.
Causes of Broken Tooth
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture), or break.
This can happen in several ways:
- Biting down on something hard
- Being hit in the face or mouth
- Having cavities that weaken the tooth
- Having large, old amalgam fillings that don’t support the remaining enamel of the tooth
What to do
If your tooth is broken, see your Kellyville Ridge dentist right away. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become severely infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.
For the meantime, try the following measures:
- If you feel pain, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter painkiller. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.
- If the tooth has sharp edges, cover it with a piece of wax or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from biting your tongue, lip, or inner cheek.
- If you must, eat only soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.
Treatment for Broken Tooth
Teeth with small chips on the edges usually don’t cause any pain or complications, but your Kellyville Ridge dentist may suggest a repair by smoothing the edge and placing a tooth-coloured filling.
This will prevent the rough edges from cutting your lips or tongue.
Seriously broken teeth may require more advanced treatments, as these problems may be due to decay.
A large cavity can cause fractures and breaks and, if ignored, will become very painful. Tooth cavities can cause infection along the exposed gum line and pulp.
In cases such as these, a root canal treatment may be needed. Cracks and breaks can also expose your nerve endings, making the teeth sensitive to hot and cold air and foods.
Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge
When you have a broken tooth, don’t put off seeing your dentist. Doing so could aggravate the situation and could even lead to more serious problems.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available!
Call us on (02) 8889 1588 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.
We are located at G4/8 Merriville Rd in Kellyville Ridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Broken teeth show several symptoms, including irregular pain when chewing, possibly with the release of bite force, or pain when exposed to extreme temperatures.
In many cases, the pain may come and go, and your dentist may have difficulty finding which tooth is causing the discomfort.
- Do not chew on hard foods and objects such as ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, or pens.
- Do not clench or grind your teeth.
- If you grind your teeth at night, talk to your Kellyville Ridge dentist about getting a night splint to protect your teeth from damage.
- Wear a mouthguard or protective mask when playing contact sports.