What exactly is a cracked or broken tooth?
Any type of breakage in a tooth is classed as cracked or broken. There are many ways a tooth can crack such as:
- A split tooth: Often is a tooth is left untreated, a small crack can grow into a larger split. The result is a tooth which is cracked from top to bottom.
- Craze lines: These are smaller lines that only affect the outer enamel of a tooth rather than the inner core. They are common in adults and don;t cause pain or discomfort. You don’t need to get treatment for these, but always call if you feel pain as it may be something more developing.
- Cracked cusp: The cusp is the biting part, usually pointed on your teeth. If this becomes damaged, the tooth is at risk of a larger break. A cusp that is damaged is often painful, particularly when biting something!
What are the typical causes of broken teeth?
It can be anything, but the things we see most often are from things like; a blow to the chin or jaw area, biting on something hard which enhances a problem (food like hard sweets, chewy meat, or stones). Oral health issues like sore or bleeding gums, or small cracks that have never been sorted out. Issues with fillings and other dental work.
How do I know if I have a cracked or broken tooth?
If you have a sudden onset of pain when chewing or eating, or a particular tooth is feeling ‘different’ when your tongue goes over it, it is best to call an emergency dentist in Macclesfield to have it looked at.
What happens if I don’t get treatment?
You should get treatment ASAP. This is because infections can occur, worsening of the damage, and other oral hygiene issues. You can even get an abscess which is not pleasant! The sooner you get treatment, the better the outcomes can be and lower the risks of more serious issues.
How much will it cost me?
It depends on the problem, but if you call us we can help advise what the problem sounds like and an estimate cost can be given. The important thing though is to speak to a dentist ASAP.