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Broken Tooth

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Broken Tooth Management Norlane Geelong

You’re crunching on ice or a piece of hard candy when you notice something hard in your mouth that doesn’t melt or dissolve. You get a sick feeling as you realise what it is – a piece of broken tooth.
Although tooth enamel is the hardest, most mineralised tissue in the body, its strength has limitations.

Falling, receiving a sharp blow to the face, or biting down on hard foods or objects – particularly if a tooth is already decayed – can cause a tooth to crack or break.

If you discover you have broken a tooth, don’t panic. Your dentist can help you.

Causes of a Broken Tooth

The possible causes of a broken tooth include:

Cavities can weaken the teeth and lead to a broken tooth.

Biting down on hard objects, such as an ice cube, a piece of hard candy, or a bone.

Trauma a strong blow to the face or mouth, such as being hit with a ball while playing sports can break your teeth.

Poor oral hygiene can make you vulnerable to a broken tooth, especially if your tooth enamel is already damaged or thinning.

Teeth Grinding excessive teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can cause a chipped or cracked tooth or cracked teeth.

What You Can Do

If you have a broken tooth, see your Norlane dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can figure out if the breakage was caused by a cavity, and if the nerve is in danger. A damaged nerve will usually require root canal therapy.

Until you get to the dentist’s office:

  • Wash your mouth well with lukewarm saltwater.
  • Using a piece of clean gauze, apply pressure on any bleeding area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding ceases. If this doesn’t work, use a tea bag instead.
  • Apply an ice pack on the cheek over the affected area. This will help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  • Go to your Norlane dentist right away.

Broken Tooth Management in Norlane Geelong

Norlane Dental Aesthetics and Implants is your trusted and experienced dentist, providing same-day care for you and your loved ones in Norlane and the surrounding areas.

If you have a dental emergency, contact us immediately so we can treat the problem immediately and prevent further damage or infection.

Broken Tooth Management in Norlane Geelong

For dental emergency care in Norlane, call us on (03) 5278 2666 or visit us at 21 Princes Highway in Norlane.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of a broken tooth?
Broken teeth show a variety of symptoms, including severe pain while chewing, possibly with release of biting force, or pain when your tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures. In some cases, the pain may come and go, and your Norlane dentist may have difficulty locating which tooth is causing the pain.
Why is a broken tooth associated with pain?
When the outer surfaces of the tooth are broken, chewing can cause movement of the pieces, and the pulp can become disturbed. When biting pressure is released, the crack can close fast, resulting in momentary, piercing pain.

Irritation of the pulp can be repeated many times by chewing. In time, the pulp will become damaged until it can no longer heal itself. The tooth will not only cause pain while chewing but may also become sensitive to extreme temperature. In time, a broken tooth may begin to hurt.

Will my tooth completely heal after receiving treatment?
The fracture in a broken tooth will not heal itself. Despite receiving treatment, some cracks may continue to spread and separate, resulting in tooth loss. Placement of a crown on a broken tooth provides maximum protection but does not guarantee success in all cases.

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