broken teeth

Broken Teeth

Broken teeth should be restored as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If the crack affects the enamel and dentin of the tooth, often the best solution is a crown. Remember that cracks are not always visible, even on an X-ray. Symptoms may include pain when chewing and hypersensitive to cold and hot foods and liquids. See your dentist for help if a crown with a pin has fallen out.
Teeth are naturally strong, but they do break from time to time. There are many reasons that a tooth may break. When the front teeth break, especially in children, it is usually due to a fall or a hit to the face or mouth. Teeth can also break due to grinding and clenching habits that may cause enamel to be worn away or fracture off. If large cavities are not treated, the decay in the teeth can eventually cause breaks, especially in the back teeth. Finally, old and large fillings that do not properly support the remaining tooth structure can also fracture.

Emergency dental must be done immediately since an infection can get into the tooth left without protection.

When teeth are broken, the nerve is less protected from the bacteria in the mouth and infection is likely to develop. This infection can cause pain and discomfort and may necessitate that your tooth is extracted.

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