Broken tooth: Why it happens and what to do about it
A broken tooth is considered a serious dental issue that requires dental attention. Oftentimes, teeth can break as a result of dental trauma and while pain is the most obvious consequence of having a tooth that is cracked or broken—a tooth that is damaged is not always a painful experience. Rather than experiencing pain when you bite down, you may experience pain when pressure is released.
We understand that a broken tooth is never convenient nor is it enjoyable, which is we always encourage our patients to visit our office regularly to identify dental issues early on and prevent them from worsening—such as your tooth breaking.
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, your dentist in Red Deer, AB T4N 6V7 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, our Red Deer dentist, ASAP. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier and less expensive the treatment will likely be.