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How to Tell if You Have a Fractured Tooth

Posted on 9/20/2018 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
How to Tell if You Have a Fractured Tooth
You can have a fractured tooth without knowing and as long as there are no apparent symptoms, you will be able to carry on with your daily routine.

In many cases, people can have a fractured tooth for a long time, and the problem will only be discovered during a dental examination. If you practice good oral health at home and keep your regular checkups, your teeth should be in great shape, but accidents can happen which could result in a fractured tooth.

What Causes a Fractured Tooth?

Some things are more evident than others. For example, if you are involved in a car accident, there is a higher risk of having a fractured tooth. However, other things are not so clear which could lead to other more severe problems when left untreated.

Symptoms of a Fractured Tooth

One of the most common symptoms of a fractured tooth is pain when biting or chewing. Depending on the severity of the fracture the pain will be moderate to intense. If the fracture involves the pulp, the internal part of the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves, the pain can be severe.

Other signs you have a fractured tooth are:

•  Pain when chewing
•  Movement in one tooth
•  Irritation of the pulp
•  Sensitivity to hot or cold food or air temperature
•  Infection

Treatment for a broken tooth will depend on the severity of the crack or chip. In general, if the fracture affects the visible surface of the tooth, it may be treatable with a root canal. However, if the fracture extends to the pulp, below the gum line, it may not be possible to save that piece, and the tooth needs to be extracted.

It is critical that you come into the office if you suffer any blow to the face so we can make sure your teeth are not fractured and if you feel any of the signs we mentioned, you also need to call us right away. Early treatment is the key to saving your tooth.
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