Broken tooth: Why it happens and what to do about it
A broken tooth is a serious dental issue. It can be caused by a dental trauma. While pain is the most obvious consequence of a broken or cracked tooth, a damaged tooth is not necessarily always painful. In fact, sometimes a cracked tooth can be a bit of a trickster. Instead of causing pain upon biting down, the pain comes when the biting pressure is released.
A broken tooth is rarely convenient. It’s also important to note that a cracked tooth will remain just that – until it’s either fixed or it breaks. That’s why it’s so important to visit your Red Deer dentist regularly. Dr. Saby is always on the lookout for potential problems. By catching and treating dental issues early, you can avoid more problematic scenarios such as a tooth breaking on the way to the airport for your long awaited vacation.
Why do teeth crack or break?
Teeth are naturally very strong for the loads they were designed to bear, but they are also brittle. If their strength is compromised by an extra large filling, or if excessive force is placed on them by habits such as pen chewing or tooth clenching and grinding, they can crack or break. Teeth can also crack or break due to trauma or an accident.
How do you prevent broken or cracked teeth?
As noted earlier, regular professional dental care is your best defence against broken or cracked teeth. During your dental exam, Dr Saby will be checking for damage and signs of tooth wear.
If you have a broken tooth, we can help
One thing we can say for certain, teeth NEVER get better on their own. They are the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself. Luckily, while damaged teeth do not heal, they can be fixed.
If you have broken or cracked a tooth, we recommend you see Dr Saby, Red Deer dentist, ASAP. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier and less expensive the treatment will likely be.