Broken/ Chipped Tooth
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can happen by biting down on something hard, being hit in the face or mouth, having cavities that weaken the tooth, having large old fillings, or due to clenching / grinding.
When a tooth breaks, it may not hurt, however your tongue can usually feel the sharp area. If a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can cause discomfort because the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. If it is exposed to air, or hot or cold foods or drinks, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
At New England Dental Care, our dentists can determine if the break was caused by cavities, clenching / grinding, or just incidental trauma and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. Depending on the severity of the break, the tooth may need a filling or crown. A damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment, whereas a smaller chip may be restored with bonding or a veneer.
Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or intermittent. May people feel pain when they chew, as chewing puts pressure on the tooth.