Broken Tooth

Teeth can break for a number of reasons, with diet, teeth grinding and sporting injury among the most regular causes.
Biting down unexpectedly on a hard piece of food or impact to the face and mouth can also seriously damage teeth, with patients often claiming the experience is very painful.
In many cases, fractured teeth can break as a result of underlying issues like cavities and decay. If these issues are able to advance through the tooth, it can become weakened and cause the teeth to fracture or crack.This can then lead to the tooth needing to be extracted by a dentist if the decay is able to develop to the deeper areas of the mouth.

Different Types of Tooth Fracture
The phrase tooth fracture is one that can be used to describe a number of types of damage, with some cases being much more serious than others. Therefore, while some injuries require emergency dentistry treatment, others may not need to be examined.


A chipped tooth
When a tooth becomes chipped it indicates only the outer layer of protective enamel has been damaged. This means the inner pulp of the teeth has not been harmed, therefore emergency dentistry is easily avoidable.Some patients may feel more confident if they attend an appointment with a dental practitioner regardless of the injury to discuss the possibility of receiving some treatment.
Chipped teeth rarely cause pain or sensitivity for the patient and are commonly repaired with special tooth coloured materials.

After 30 minutes restoration appointment on the same day.
Total Cost: £85

A surface crack
There are a number of degrees of cracks that can appear on teeth over time, with some much worse than others. The majority of people will have surface cracks in the enamel on one or two teeth, with this issue causing little or no discomfort.
Although it is unlikely any oral health treatment will be required as a result of this issue, patients are advised to notify their dentist during their next routine check-up to allow them to monitor the cracked tooth.

A split tooth
When a tooth splits, it can mean damage has been caused from the crown down to the root, which can increase the chance of infection and cause severe toothache. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the area with a crown, but if the root is affected there will not be adequate foundation to attach it to, which leaves no option other than extraction.

 

A broken cusp
When individuals bite down on an object hard, part of the cusp of the tooth can break. Although this area – which is located at the top of the biting surface – is not usually painful when it breaks, it may make chewing a more difficult task.
Debris from food can also get caught in the broken area of the tooth, which could ultimately lead to decay. For this reason, a dentist may suggest reshaping the area or fitting a crown over the top.

A broken tooth
When a tooth cracks, the root normally remains in place and the inner pulp of the tooth will be protected by the outer layers. In cases where the nerve and blood supply are left exposed, patients can expect to feel instant pain and require treatment as soon as possible.
Root canal treatment is often carried out to remove the inner pulp of the tooth, with a cap or crown commonly fitted to hold the tooth together and protect it from getting worse due to the added pressure.

What should I do as a patient?
If a tooth breaks at home, patients should ensure they take an over-the-counter painkiller to ease the initial discomfort. In cases where the pain has moved to the cheek and jaw, a cold compress could help to soothe the affected area of the face.
Call your dentist to arrange an appointment preferably on the same day.

How can a dentist help?
In cases when a tooth has severely fractured, the most common course of action for an emergency dentist is to place a crown. However, when decay has started to develop the task can become more difficult.If an infection in the tooth has reached the pulp, a dental professional will need to perform a root canal treatment. This involves drilling into the tooth and removing the infected pulp out through the root canal. When this has been carried out, the tooth no longer has a blood supply or nerve endings and so free of pain.
However, this process allows the tooth to be preserved, with a dentist able to fill the space created by the infection with a neutral substance. Following this, is it then possible to cap or crown a tooth as if it was healthy.
A dentist may be unable to perform root canal treatment if the tooth is damaged or split, with this instance making it more difficult to protect the tooth. While it is often a last resort for dentists, extraction will relieve the pain and stop infection from spreading to other teeth.

What is the effect of decay?
Although fractures, damage and breakages can occur for many different reasons, decay can play a role in the underlying weakening of a tooth before the incident takes place.
The problem is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth, which – when combined with sugary foods and carbohydrates – forms acid if left for a long period of time. Following this, the acid from the plaque begins to erode the protective layer of enamel on the teeth and cavities can develop as a result.
When this occurs, it can become much easier for the tooth to fracture, as well as making it more difficult for the tooth to be saved by a dentist, thus increasing the chances of requiring an extraction.

takes about a week or two to get used to how a brace feels in your mouth and it is common for some soreness to occur on the insides of your lips or cheeks – we provide special wax to put on the brace to relieve this.

REMOVABLE braces
REMOVABLE braces are made in our technical laboratory from the moulds that we take of your teeth This usually takes two weeks. They are fitted by carefully pushing them onto your teeth – we make sure that they fit well and are comfortable. We give you instructions on how they should be worn and cared for. This appointment takes about 20 minutes.

Please contact White Rose Dental Studio for an appointment and more information.