Teeth contain enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body, but teeth can crack and break. This video demonstrates how broken teeth are treated. Teeth can break due to chewing hard foods, grinding, and clenching.
Symptoms of a broken tooth include pain from biting and chewing, sensitivity from consuming hot or cold items, and swelling of the gum around the tooth.
Common types of cracked teeth include:
- Fractured cusp
- Split teeth
- Vertical root fracture
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the crack. The endodontist will find the crack and treat the patient accordingly. Different treatment methods for broken teeth include:
- Bonding: Tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth.
- Root Canal: If the fracture affects the pulp, the damaged pulp is removed, and the area is filled and sealed. A crown is then needed to restore the tooth.
- Crowns: This is a porcelain cap fitted on the cracked tooth.
- Veneer: A veneer is a thin porcelain or resin covering that goes over the broken tooth.
If a tooth is cracked, put the fragment in milk to save it and take it to the endodontist. Visit the endodontist immediately for prompt treatment, to try and save the tooth.