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How do teeth break?

10-10-2022

Your tooth may have shattered, but you’re not sure why. Although our teeth are very tough, the numerous stresses and strains they must withstand can cause them to crack, chip, or even break. These breaks are frequently brought on by: accident-related facial injuries, forceful eating, and other factors; damage caused by sports; a tooth that has untreated cavities may grow brittle and crack; or with old, bulky amalgam fillings, the natural tooth’s remaining structure may eventually become fragile.

You might not feel immediate pain when your teeth shatter at first. If the break has reached the nerve, you can suffer discomfort when chewing or sensitivity to heat and cold. Whether or whether you have regular discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away to have the tooth’s viability and condition evaluated. Additionally, your dentist will give you the care you need to stop any damage or issues.

I broke my teeth; what should I do?

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, please take the following actions right away. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water, press gauze or a wet tea bag against any bleeding places, apply an ice pack to your cheek if there is swelling, and cover any broken teeth with milk, saliva, or saline solution if they are sore. If you have any questions, contact your doctor.

Make sure not to brush your fractured teeth and schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.

Can my broken tooth be saved?

Minor chips in teeth normally don’t hurt, but your dentist can recommend repairing the damage by rounding the corners and placing a cosmetic bond or a filling that matches the colour of the tooth. By doing this, any sharp edges won’t hurt your lips or tongue. A more involved procedure can be necessary for severely fractured teeth. Your nerve endings may become exposed by cracks and breaks, exposing the gum line and pulp to infections (root canal, connective tissues). They are highly painful in these situations.

Cracked and chipped teeth don’t necessarily require root canal therapy. Cracks can be repaired and linked together with a specialised tooth cement when there is no discomfort or infection, whereas a damaged tooth is treated with a crown. Other splits and breaks, such as fractured cusps, split roots or vertical breaks, split molars, and as a preventative measure against subsequent cracks, are also treated with crowns. Your dentist might advise tooth extraction if the inside of your tooth has become decayed.

The tooth may not be obviously damaged or cracked, but just because it isn’t bothering you doesn’t mean you should ignore it. No matter how insignificant you may believe it to be, having any anomalies examined by your dentist is an important component of maintaining good dental health. Since infections can spread quickly, it’s important to ensure that you receive the right care as soon as possible.

Maintain your gorgeous smile by visiting your dentist often, practising good dental hygiene, and limiting your intake of acidic, hard foods and beverages. All of these will lessen your chances and prevent fractures and cracks from becoming problems that could eventually result in tooth loss.

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