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A broken tooth can be caused by a number of reasons. Diet, teeth grinding, tooth decay and a sporting injury are among the most common 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 polishing down 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 of the tooth are exposed, patients can expect to feel instant severe pain and will require root canal treatment as soon as possible.
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 root canal treatment and a crown, but if the root is split too, there will not be an adequate foundation to attach it to. Therefore, in such situations there is no option other than a tooth extraction.
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