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Teeth are very strong, but for a number of reasons a tooth can chip, break or crack (fracture). Here are some of the ways this can happen:
Many of us have had experience with a tooth chipping or breaking and you may even find that when this does happen, it may not hurt at all or maybe only slightly. Although you may not feel any pain, your tongue will usually feel a sharp area quite quickly. If you experience a minor tooth fracture, it usually doesn’t cause pain, but if for any reason a large piece of tooth breaks off, it is far more likely to hurt. The nerve inside the tooth may be damaged and we will need to examine the tooth. Extreme discomfort also can happen when nerve endings in the dentine are exposed to air, hot or cold foods and drinks.
Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or you may find it is a pain that come and goes but is not there all the time. Many people feel pain when they chew because chewing puts pressure on the tooth.
What You Can Do
Cracked (fractured) Teeth. You will be unable to treat a cracked tooth at home. You need to see your dentist. Sometimes the tooth looks fine, other times it hurts only when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes (because you drank something hot or cold, for example). If your tooth hurts all the time, this can indicate that you may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels. This is a serious warning sign. A way of knowing if you have a cracked tooth is if it does not hurt to bite on the tooth, but pain occurs when you release the bite.
Broken Teeth If you have a broken tooth, give us a call as soon as possible and we will make an appointment to see you. We can assess if the break has been caused by a cavity, and if the tooth's nerve is in danger. A damaged nerve usually requires root canal treatment. This is a straightforward procedure that we carry out routinely at Dental fx
Things you can do until you see us:
If you are in any doubt about the condition of your teeth please do give us a call on 0141 931 5533