A broken tooth can be caused by a number of reasons. Diet, teeth grinding, tooth decay and sporting injury are among the most regular causes.
When a tooth becomes chipped it indicates only the outer layer of enamel has been damaged. Chipped teeth are commonly repaired with composite bonding material.
When individuals bite down, part of the cusp of the tooth can break. Although this area – which is located at the top of the biting surface – is not usually painful when it breaks, it can make chewing more difficult. The emergency dentist may suggest reshaping the area or filling the tooth with a white filling.
When a tooth cracks, the root normally remains in place and the inner pulp of the tooth will be protected by the outer layers. In cases where the nerve and blood supply are left exposed, patients can expect to feel instant pain and require treatment as soon as possible. If an infection in the tooth has reached the pulp, a Specialist Endodontist can remove it via a root canal treatment.
When a tooth splits, it can mean damage has been caused from the crown down to the root. This increases the chance of an infection and severe toothache. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the area with a root canal and a crown, but if the root is split too, there will not be an adequate foundation to attach it to. Therefore, there is no option other than a tooth extraction.
Please call our dental emergency number or book an appointment online to see our emergency dentist. Our emergency dentists are available 365 days a year.