You're happily eating dinner and that's when you feel it: the sudden crrrunnnch followed by the unpleasant texture of a broken tooth in your mouth. Even though you may have been careful and weren't even eating hard foods, a tooth can break unexpectedly if it has already been weakened or compromised.
Sometimes the sign of a fractured or cracked tooth can be more subtle, and it may be difficult to tell. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, then there's a good chance that you have a fractured tooth.
Clues That I Have a Broken Tooth
A broken tooth is often painful, but sometimes the symptoms of one aren't always obvious. While it would be pretty clear if you were holding a segment of fractured tooth in the palm of your hand, these other signs can also be an indicator of a fractured tooth:
Pain/sensitivity to heat or cold
Pain when you bite
Pain that is random and comes and goes
Discomfort/pain when eating
A broken tooth hurts because it exposes the network of nerves inside the tooth, in an area called the "pulp". Normally, the enamel protects the pulp, but when it breaks, the nerves in the pulp are suddenly vulnerable to hot, cold, or any other stimulus.
If your tooth breaks, it's important to give us a call right away to take a look at it and determine how severe the damage is. If it's a smaller fracture, we may be able to fix it quickly with some filling, but a more severe break may require more intensive treatment. These treatments include a root canal, a crown, or even an extraction.
A broken tooth is not something you want to ignore. If left untreated, it could get worse, and an infection might set in. The sooner you treat a broken tooth, the better the outcome will be for you. If you suspect that you have a broken tooth, please give us a call right away for an appointment and we can help you treat it both quickly and gently!
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