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Signs You Have a Fractured Tooth


Posted on 3/17/2017 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
A man suffering from a fractured tooth.
Your teeth are strong. Especially if you practice proper oral hygiene and eat a well-balanced diet. But even if your teeth are perfectly healthy, accidents can happen and you can fracture a tooth.

Doing so if often easier than most people think. A fractured tooth isn't always visibly apparent, so you have to be on the lookout for certain signs, and take action if you notice them.

Causes of Tooth Fractures

There are many different types of things that can lead to a fracture in a tooth:

•  Biting down on something exceptionally hard, such as a popcorn kernel. You can also fracture a tooth biting your nails or chewing on a pen.
•  Facial trauma. This can be from a fall, a sports injury, an auto accident or an altercation that leads to a hit to the face.
•  Bruxism. Unnecessary pressure from clenching and grinding your teeth can wear them down, weaken the enamel and ultimately lead to fractures.

Symptoms of a Fracture

You may not always be able to see a fracture in your tooth. Some fractures can be extremely small, while others may be hidden at the back of a tooth.

There are certain symptoms that can point to a fracture though:

•  Pain while chewing that goes away when you stop.
•  Temperature sensitivity.
•  Pain that comes and goes with no seemingly apparent reason.
•  An inability to pinpoint the pain.

Treating a Fractured Tooth

Fractures in your teeth cause pain because they open the tooth and expose the nerves and pulp. Fractures can also let bacteria inside that can then lead to an infection. For these reasons, getting treatment is crucial.

Your dentist will be able to perform a full exam, complete with X-rays to diagnose the problem. The severity of your fractures will determine the treatment plan. You may be given a filling, a crown or, if you have an infection, a root canal. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted if it cannot be saved by any other means.

If you notice pain while you chew, or have unexplained pain in your mouth that you cannot locate, contact our office right away. Finding the fractures quickly will allow you to prevent serious infection and can help you to save the tooth from extraction.


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