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Signs You May Have a Broken Tooth

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
Signs You May Have a Broken ToothYou may think that if you break a bone in your body, you would know. You think that every break causes pain and has obvious signs, but this is not always the case.

It is possible to have some breaks that you may not realize at first. If you break a tooth, you may not recognize that it happened until the problem gets worse. That is why it is a good idea to learn the different signs of a broken tooth.

Different Kinds of Broken Teeth

Some may think it is easy to tell if they break a tooth. They think that they will see pieces of their tooth in their hand or on the ground. While this is one type of broken tooth, there are other types that are not as easy to see. When you want to look at the signs of a broken tooth you need to know some of the types of broken teeth to look at.

A fractured cusp is something that often happens around a dental filling. Cracks in the teeth may be small hand not noticeable. Split teeth and root fractures will all have signs that the tooth needs repair. The only way to know if you have one of these types of broken teeth is to know the signs to watch for.

What to Watch For
The most common sign of a problem with your teeth is pain. Pain around one tooth when you bite down or when exposed to temperature changes could signal a broken tooth. Often the pain is intermittent and is not always present. A broken tooth can also cause swelling of the gum tissue or redness around the tooth. The tooth may become loose after it breaks. You may also be able to feel a crack in your tooth with your tongue. Some will use a visual inspection of their tooth to spot the problem.

Once you spot the signs of a broken tooth, the most important thing to do is to seek out help to repair the tooth. Whenever you suspect you have an issue with your oral health, contact our office to see one of our dental professionals.
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