Teeth can chip, fracture or break as result of trauma. A chipped or broken tooth can also occur from biting down or an accident. The level of discomfort or pain partially depends on the size of the fractured tooth.
Deeper fractures can be painful because the damage extends to the nerve inside the tooth. Pain from fractures may be constant or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because the food causes the crack in the tooth to gets wider, but once the pressure is released, the crack closes again. Larger fractures may cause a portion of the tooth to break off.
What you can do:
There are many possible treatments for broken teeth depending on the severity of the break. If the break has affected only the outer part of the tooth, our dentist may be able to repair the damage with a filling.
The most serious breaks are those that damage the nerve. In making and placing a crown, your dentist probably will need to do a root canal treatment to remove the damaged nerve and blood vessels.
Call Urgent Dental Care at 314-423-0000 for an appointment.