Broken or cracked teeth are a common concern that many patients turn up to the dentist with; it is issue dentists deal with on a daily basis. At Windsor Dentists, we can provide you with advice to manage teeth that at risk of cracking or breaking, and if already broken, provide you with treatment options that allow you to eat normally again.
What will I feel if my tooth has broken?
The symptoms after a tooth has broken can vary from not having symptoms at all, to sensitivity, to severe pain; it really depends on the individual circumstance. Many of the patients we see typically experience sensitivity when drinking hot and cold drinks or when eating sweet, sour or sticky foods. Sensitivity may be accompanied by a sharp edge being exposure which may be felt by your tongue or cheeks. If the broken edge is sharp enough, you may experience trauma, ulceration or lacerations to other parts of your mouth.
If you are experiencing short sharp pain on biting without an obvious broken piece of tooth, this may be a sign of an incomplete or internal crack within a tooth. This specific symptom is a common indication of cracked tooth syndrome.
Why did my teeth crack or break?
Teeth crack and break for a number of reasons:
- Failing fillings – if you have large fillings the remaining amount of tooth may be thin and weak; like a heavily patched wall it is usually a matter of time before the patchwork or the entire wall breaks.