The tooth has a very strong structure, however, its edges may break and separate or crack. In case a tooth is broken, cracked, or chipped, you may feel an extreme and bad toothache while eating or drinking and even at night while sleeping. A severe toothache due to a broken, cracked, and chipped tooth cannot be treated at home. Toronto emergency dentists believe that all dental emergencies need immediate and proper treatment to prevent complicated dental problems.
Reasons for breaking and repairing a broken tooth:
- Hard physical bite or damage to the tooth due to gnashing
- A severe strike to the face and mouth
- Falling down
- Having severe tooth adhesion that has weakened the tooth structure
- Having an old filling of amalgam teeth that does not protect the remaining parts of the tooth crown well
There is no pain when the edge of the tooth breaks or the tooth cracks. However, after a tooth is broken, a person immediately feels the tooth’s sharp edge with his tongue and notices that his tooth is broken. Mild tooth fractures do not cause pain, but if a large part of the tooth breaks and separates, it can cause pain and discomfort because the nerve inside the tooth may also be damaged.
Toothache from a fracture may be permanent or may sometimes subside and worsen again. In many cases, a toothache is felt while eating because chewing food puts pressure on the tooth.
What you can do
There is no way to treat a tooth that has a been removed by tooth extraction, and you must see an emergency dentist. Sometimes a tooth crack is not visible, and the tooth looks healthy, but when a person eats hot or cold food or when the temperature of the mouth changes (for example, after drinking hot or cold liquid), he feels pain and discomfort.
If the toothache is permanent, it is a sign that the tooth is damaged at the root or the junction of blood vessels. That’s why permanent toothache is an important symptom.
Broken teeth: If your teeth are broken, you should immediately see an emergency dentist to treat a broken tooth. The dentist first determines whether the fracture was due to severe tooth decay or not, or whether the dental nerve is at risk (because root canal therapy is needed if the nerve is damaged). As long as you go to the dentist’s office, you can do the following:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Apply sterile gauze to the bleeding area and press and hold for ten minutes (or until the bleeding stops). If sterile gauze is not effective, you can use a teabag instead of sterile gauze to stop the bleeding.
- Put a cold compress on the place of the broken tooth. Cold compresses help reduce swelling and pain.
- If you cannot see an emergency dentist right away, stick the broken piece of tooth with temporary tooth glue. You can get this glue from a pharmacy.
- You can get painkillers from a pharmacy to relieve pain.