How to Deal with Broken Teeth

Dental Office
September 14, 2018

A broken tooth never makes for a pleasant sight or a pleasant feeling. A broken tooth not only hampers your beautiful smile but also poses a risk for numerous oral health issues. The risk is even greater if there is more than one broken tooth.

Common Causes of Broken Teeth

There are a variety of reasons as to why a tooth may break. By far, one of the most common reasons for broken teeth is due to an injury – whether this injury is caused by playing a sport, falling, or even just rough-housing, an injury is typically the main cause for broken teeth. Some other reasons that can lead to broken teeth include biting down too hard on food, having large fillings that no longer support the enamel present in the tooth, or, in some cases, cavities can also be the reason for broken teeth as they tend to weaken the tooth.

What Happens When a Tooth is Broken?

In the case that there is a minor fracture within the tooth, there may not be much discomfort aside from pain when the tongue touches that particular area on accident.

If the fracture is more severe, there may be intense pain while chewing food with the broken tooth. There are nerves inside your tooth that will give off this sharp pain if hot or cold food and drink items touch that specific area due to the damage the tooth has occurred. If the fracture is aggressive, then even air can cause pain. The pain with a broken tooth may not remain constant in all cases. However, in the case of a greater fracture, the patient may feel nonstop pain.

There are numerous treatment options available when it comes to dealing with broken teeth. However, the treatment you go with depends on the condition of the broken tooth or broken teeth. Below are a few options you have when it comes to fixing a broken tooth:

Minor Tooth Chips

If your tooth has a minor chip in it, it may not be absolutely necessary to get it fixed. However, for certain chips, your dentist can smooth the area that is chipped by polishing it. In some cases, damage caused by a chip repaired by using a filling material. This treatment can prove to be useful as it can prevent further damage to the tooth. Moreover, it will also help the patient to feel better in regard to pain, and help the patient to perform daily functions, like chewing or speaking, much easier.


In the case where the cracks are minor, they do not require any treatment since they do not have any effect on the inner side of the teeth. They impact the outer surface; thus, they are called craze lines. While many patients choose to let these minor cracks slide as long as their smile stays intact and their ability to chew and speak is not affected, there are treatments available should a patient want to fix the minor crack. In this case, your dentist will remove the lines by polishing the area lightly. If there are some rough spots, they can be smoothed out as well.

Cracks are considered major when there is damage done to both the outer and inner sides of the tooth, as well as the nerves within the tooth. Major cracks need to be addressed by a dentist immediately or the crack will just continue to spread.  Treatment options major cracks include a dental crown or a root canal. The treatment option that is deemed best for you will be based on the amount of damage caused. The root canal treatment is only applied if nerve tissues have suffered damage.

Broken Cusp

As the name suggests, in this case, the cusps of the teeth become broken. The cusps are the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This condition doesn’t cause too much pain to the patient; however, it can deteriorate your smile. Thus, it is still recommended to see a dentist. They may use a crown to restore the shape of the tooth with a broken cusp.

Split Tooth

This is another painful condition since the affected tooth has split into two individual parts. A dentist will have a close look at the broken tooth and suggest a viable treatment that may include a root canal, removal of roots from the gums that cannot be kept or removing the tooth altogether. In the case where a tooth that has more than one root becomes broken, the root that can be retained is covered using a crown, which is followed by a root canal treatment.

Serious Breaks

This condition occurs when a tooth suffers a serious break. Not only the tooth but the nerve also becomes damaged; hence, this condition can prove to be quite painful. The broken part of the tooth may bleed as well. Its treatment includes a root canal and a crown procedure. Following these two treatments, your tooth will be back to a normal condition and you will be able to perform routine operations.

The bottom line is that even if there is a minor crack, you need to schedule a visit with your Dr. London as soon as possible. Always remember the fact that even minor cracks and damages can lead to major problems if not taken care of properly.

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