“My Tooth Broke But Doesn’t Hurt” is something we hear from time to time. Your tooth may or may not need treatment. The only way to find out is to see your dentist. And it’s a must to visit your dentist when your tooth breaks even if it doesn’t hurt. Bear in mind that it’s still broken and needs to be repaired. Only your dentist can fix such issue.
Sometimes, when you break your tooth or experience a cracked tooth or chipped tooth, it could be the result of a minor fracture. As a result, it won’t cause any pain. However, your broken tooth may have sharp edges that can hurt your tongue or gums.
There’s also the possibility of the tooth’s nerve inside is damaged. If it’s left untreated, it could get worsen causing extreme pain.
When you notice that you have a broken or cracked tooth, you should call our office at Southwest Oral Surgery immediately, even if it doesn’t hurt. The broken tooth could be caused by a cavity or an infection.
While waiting for your dental appointment, make sure that you rinse your mouth using lukewarm water. If bleeding occurs, get some gauze and use it to press against the affected area to stop the bleeding.
If the gauze isn’t helping, a damp tea bag may do the trick.
On the other hand, if the broken tooth starts to cause you some pain, apply an ice or cold pack to your cheek. It may also help in relieving the pain if you place an ice over the affected tooth. That is, if you could endure it.
Depending on the extent of the damage, treatment may still vary greatly. If it’s just a minor case, your dentist will simply reshape the tooth to smooth the sharp edges. We may also make aesthetical corrections.
However, if the case is extensive, it may require a filling, a crown or a veneer to resolve the issue. As mentioned earlier, if the broken tooth doesn’t hurt, you should still have to consult our Dentist as it may lead to infection and become abscessed. If left untreated, you may need to undergo root canal therapy in the future. Worse. Your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth.
If your dental appointment is a few days away, for instance, you may use some of the OTC temporary dental cements. They can protect your tooth while still waiting for your dental appointment. Don’t think that such cement will protect your tooth permanently. They’re only used for a short period of time. It’s essential that you see your dentist right away.
Consulting one of our doctors immediately will help you save the trouble of undergoing expensive dental work in the future. If the issue becomes worse, it’s highly likely you’re going to lose that tooth.
Because there are so many reasons you’re having a broken tooth, you should immediately see a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Call us today to make an appointment.