Broken Teeth in Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Dental Practice
The Spendlove Centre, Enstone Road, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PQ

Restorative Dentistry » broken teeth

Broken or fractured teeth can be caused by trauma to the mouth that causes injury, such as during contact sports or cycling. A tooth can crack when eating hard food or trying to break something with your teeth. General wear and tear or poor oral health can also result in broken or fractured teeth.

How do I know if my tooth is broken?

Sometimes people hear their tooth crack with a little pain, and may feel a gap where part of the tooth is missing with their tongue. This sensation may be accompanied by grittiness in the saliva. How people experience broken teeth largely depends on the intensity of the injury to the mouth. If the nerve is exposed, then the tooth will feel sensitive and sore. At other times, people are not aware that their teeth have started to crack or fracture due to wear and tear. Slight pain may be felt when chewing only. Any damage to teeth can be identified and treated by your dentist at your regular oral health check-up appointment.

How can broken teeth be treated?

There are a number of treatments available to care for broken teeth. Each treatment depends on the type of break in the tooth and if there is nerve damage. If the fracture is to the outer surface of the tooth only, then this can be corrected by smoothing and polishing of the tooth. Where the break is small, a filling can be used to fill the gap before smoothing and polishing the tooth back to its natural state. Veneers can also be attached to existing teeth to give them their natural shape and shade.

In some cases, where the edges of the tooth are damaged, a crown is the better solution as reinforcement to the existing tooth. If the tooth has nerve damage, then root canal treatment is usually recommended to clean the tooth root area and to protect it from infection. Once root canal treatment is done, then a crown can be fitted as the part of full substitute tooth.

If the root is so damaged that it needs removal, then a titanium post (dental implant) can be planted to replace and serve as a root for the tooth. A crown can also be attached to the titanium post as an artificial but natural-looking tooth. Sometimes dental implants, bridges or dentures are used, depending on the damage to teeth or if they need extracting.

Why is treating a broken tooth important?

If broken teeth are left untreated they can affect the overall tooth structure, oral form and bite that normally allow people to eat and form their natural smile. When the facial slant becomes distorted it can affect people's smile and confidence. Broken teeth can also decay faster and result in gum disease where the tooth area is irritated or strained due to the break.

Decayed teeth or gum disease can deteriorate so much as to make a patient feel unwell. When more stress is placed on other teeth to compensate for the broken tooth, it can cause fractures in other teeth. Additional treatment may then be needed that is more costly.

How can I prevent breaking my teeth?

If you play sports, using a mouthguard can help you protect your teeth and mouth from injury. Not using your teeth as tools to break string or open plastic lids can help you prevent damage to your teeth.

Always following the recommended tooth brushing techniques with fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, with weekly flossing, prevents escalated wear and tear due to plaque build-up. Regularly visiting your dentist for oral health check-ups is necessary for maintaining healthy oral hygiene standards, and will also help to identify any fractures to teeth that are not obvious to you.

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