Broken Tooth/Teeth

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Broken Tooth/Teeth

What is a Broken Tooth?

If you have a broken or chipped tooth, you may not feel any pain unless the tooth is broken or chipped large enough to expose the nerves that lie within the inner layer of the tooth. If a broken or chipped tooth exposes the nerves that lie inside the tooth, you may feel an increased sensitivity and pain while chewing o when the broken tooth is exposed to very cold or very hot food and beverages. In cases of a broken or chipped tooth, you may need a crown or a dental onlay, to restore the shape of the broken tooth, helping prevent further damage or decay.

What Causes a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

Numerous factors can cause a broken tooth. A few of them include:

  • Falling and hitting your mouth
  • A sports injury or an accident
  • Biting a hard object or food such as a bone or hard candy.
  • Cavities that weaken the tooth/teeth and predispose you to a chipped or broken tooth.

How Can You Provide Immediate Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, it is essential to see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, you can follow these steps:

  • Rinse: It is advisable to rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Press: If you notice any bleeding in your mouth because of a chipped or broken tooth, using a piece of gauze on the affected area will help stop the bleeding.
  • Cover: If you are unable to visit your dentist on the same day that your tooth chipped, it is essential that you cover it with dental cement. This will protect the remaining tooth until you see your doctor.

How Can You Provide Professional Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

The treatment for a chipped or broken tooth primarily depends on the size and severity of the injury. Following are the treatments that may be used:

  • Small: If your tooth has a small chip or is slightly broken, your dentist might simply smoothen and polish the chipped or broken tooth, without any additional treatment.
  • Medium: If your chipped or broken tooth involves a small damage to the tooth enamel, your dentist may place a filling, crown or cap over the affected tooth to restore its shape and function. Thus, protecting the inner layers of the tooth from irritation and other infections.
  • Large: If your tooth is chipped or broken large enough to expose the nerve, you may most likely need a root canal treatment to remove the damaged nerve. Besides, a crown or cap would be used to replace the chipped or broken tooth.

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Apollo Clinic’s Dentistry Department offers you the best services and treatments for all your dental problems. With world class facilities and a team of highly skilled dentists, who cover almost every field of specialisation, we aim at providing you with the best possible dental care. Offering you with the latest dental treatments for your dental problems, including a broken tooth, we ensure to provide you with the best treatment and a healthy recovery.

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