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Broken Tooth

Depending on the injury, the damage caused by a broken or cracked tooth can be minor or more extensive. A broken or cracked tooth can cause the tooth to split. Other times, the crack may be small and seemingly harmless, but even a small crack can open when you bite down, potentially letting in harmful bacteria present in your mouth. A broken or fractured tooth can affect the crown, which is the part visible in your mouth or the tooth root.

Even minor damage to a tooth needs proper professional dental care to restore it, so if you break a tooth, please visit your local dentistry center or contact us to schedule your appointment.

What Can Cause a Cracked Tooth?

Common causes of a broken tooth include:

Which Teeth Are More Likely to Break?

It’s very common to see a cracked front tooth due to an accident or trauma. The teeth further back in the mouth are more likely to crack if you bite down on something too hard. Usually, people will only fracture one tooth, but several teeth can crack if you have a severe injury. If you have crooked front teeth or teeth that are protrusive, these are more likely to suffer an injury than teeth in the right alignment.

Different Types of Broken Teeth

A cracked tooth can break in different ways. Sometimes it can develop a vertical crack from the crown down to the gum, and the crack may extend into the tooth root.

Vertical cracks. A tooth can split vertically into two pieces, cracking from the crown right through the tooth root. Vertical cracks can develop in the tooth root, traveling toward the crown. These vertical root fractures may not cause any symptoms unless the tooth root becomes infected.

Hairline cracks. Hairline cracks called craze lines can develop in the tooth enamel, often when you get older, and these are usually harmless. A fractured tooth cusp will often form next to a dental filling and isn’t normally painful.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Tooth?

One of the most common symptoms of a broken tooth is pain, but sometimes a cracked tooth is symptom-free. Other signs that you may have tooth damage include:

If a cracked or broken tooth has become infected, other symptoms may develop, including bad breath, continuing toothache, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, and a fever.

Diagnosing a Broken Tooth

When you see Dr. Adam Shoukry, he can ask about your symptoms and examine the tooth in question. You may be asked to bite down to assess if the tooth is painful. Our dentist Dr. Shoukry will examine your gums for any signs of inflammation. We will almost certainly take a dental x-ray of the tooth and can use special tools to locate a tooth crack. We also provide emergency treatment for any broken tooth pain.

Treating a Broken or Cracked Tooth

Whenever possible, we will try to save a broken or fractured tooth. The recommended solution for a broken tooth repair will depend on the extent of the damage.

Possible treatment options include:

Unfortunately, a cracked tooth repair might not be possible if the tooth is severely damaged and cracked. This might be the case when the tooth fracture has split the tooth vertically through the crown and into the tooth root.

Can I Prevent a Cracked Tooth?

It isn’t always possible to prevent a tooth from breaking or fracturing, but good dental care can help considerably. Make sure you practice good oral hygiene and see our dentist regularly for checkups and hygiene appointments. Properly-cared-for-teeth are stronger and healthier and can be less likely to fracture. Avoid using your teeth as tools, and habits such as chewing on ice cubes, pens, pencils, or nails.

A cracked tooth can often result from a sports injury or clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism). We can provide custom-made sports mouthguards giving maximum protection for your teeth and jaws while you enjoy your chosen sports. If you clench and grind your teeth, we can help you by providing a custom-made night splint that protects your teeth, preventing injury.

Can a Cracked Tooth Repair on Its Own?

No, a broken tooth cannot heal without treatment. If you damage a tooth, come and see us as soon as possible. Getting a broken tooth repaired promptly can reduce the risk of further damage and potential infection.

How Long Will a Broken Tooth Repair Last?

A repaired tooth could last for years without needing any further restorative care with the proper treatment. However, even with the care by the best dentist, a tooth crack may continue to progress and eventually split the tooth in half, resulting in tooth loss. We always try hard to save natural teeth, but if we feel a broken tooth cannot be salvaged or the repair will not last long, we may advise you to have it extracted and consider replacing the tooth as soon as you can possible, and options include a dental bridge, front tooth implant, or single tooth implant.

Do you have any questions about Broken Tooth repair in Rockville Centre, NY? To schedule an appointment with the top-rated dentist Dr. Adam Shoukry, please visit the South Nassau Dental Arts or call us at (516) 763-4500.