Breaking or cracking a tooth is not unusual. The older you get, the more likely you are to be involved in an incident or accident, or to experience a broken tooth due to poor oral health care.
Many of our patients are surprised when one of their teeth cracks or breaks after just biting their nails or eating something that wasn’t particularly hard. The truth is that a broken tooth can happen with little stress on the tooth.
How Do I Know That I’ve Cracked or Broken a Tooth?
Sometimes, you just know because can hear or feel the crack or break, or you can see it in the mirror. However, it can happen without you knowing. People say they:
· Experience pain when only when chewing.
· Experience pain when eating or drinking something very hot or cold.
· Experience throbbing pain at times.
When you fracture a tooth, you may need to see an endodontist right away to see how to treat it. Types of fractures include:
· Minor Cracks. These cracks are limited to the enamel and may not need much treatment.
· Chipped Tooth. A chip may be so minor that it doesn’t affect any of the nerves in the tooth. However, you may not like how the chip appears when you smile.
· Cusp Breakage. If only the chewing surface is cracked or chipped, you may not feel much pain.
· Split Tooth. If your tooth has broken into two or more parts, you have a split tooth.
· Cracked Tooth. This problem may start as a small problem, but since it goes from the outside of the teeth right to the nerve, it may have to be treated with a root canal.
Teeth can also crack from an untreated cavity.
What Should I Do Now?
If you think you have a broken or cracked tooth, you can take an OTC pain reliever and only eat soft foods. Then, call your dentist or an endodontist. Your treatment may only be a filling or bonding. However, if the crack goes into the pulp of the teeth, you will need a root canal.
Cranberry Endodontists for Broken Teeth
If your dentist suggests that you should have a root canal, give Endodontics in Cranberry a call. We understand that a broken tooth is an emergency and can set up an appointment to have root canal treatment right away. Broken and cracked teeth can be very painful, so don’t wait! Contact Dr. Semashko’s office today.