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Tooth broken off but no pain – what can I do??
A piece of tooth has broken off? Do not hesitate with the treatment! (© Fotolia-BillionPhotos.com) It is an uncomfortable moment and unfortunately it always happens: A tooth breaks off. Despite the initial shock and for no apparent reason, it happens very painlessly. What to do?
What can I do if my tooth has broken off??
Those affected should not hesitate for long. If possible, pick up the broken piece and pick up the phone. You should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible and report the incident on the phone. If you still have the broken tooth, keep it in a damp environment – ideally in milk or in a saline solution. This applies if you notice the incident immediately. However, it often happens that only a small corner breaks off.
Many only notice the demolition later because, for example, this area feels rough or sharp-edged or food remains stick to it. If you find something comparable, you should contact your dentist promptly here to have the position examined.
Why can my tooth break off??
The causes can be varied. Often it is, for example, sports accidents, clumsy contacts with glass bottles or the like. Part of the tooth can also break off while eating, for example if you bite on cutlery, seeds or bones. In addition, teeth are often affected that in the past had a large carious defect or had already been treated with roots, which can lead to tooth instability over time.
The damaged tooth can be corrected inconspicuously with professional treatment (© shironosov -) There are various reasons why there is no pain in many cases. Sometimes it is just a small area that does not touch the nerve and therefore does not hurt. Or the tooth nerve is already dead and does not cause pain.
No matter what the reason and whether there is any pain, you should not hesitate for long and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Now what happens to the damaged tooth?
The dentist checks whether the piece of tooth can simply be glued on again. This is usually possible if it is in good condition and preserved. Even if stored correctly, the supply should take place within the next 24 hours. In this case, the treatment is done quickly and easily by the dentist placing the piece of tooth, gluing and cleaning.
If there is no more tooth piece and it is only a small corner that has broken off, the dentist can grind it smooth and fluoridate it. However, if there is caries at the breaking point, which has to be removed, or if the breaking point is larger, it must be filled with a filling. Especially in the front area, this makes sense from an aesthetic point of view. A filling with tooth-colored composite material is advisable in order to achieve a perfect result optically.
If a very large piece of tooth has broken off, filling does not help in many cases. Here the tooth has to be reconstructed and reconstructed with a crown. This is the only way to ensure that the tooth can chew stably again and is preserved for a long time.
If a piece of a tooth breaks off, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. He will be happy to show you which treatment makes sense for you.
This article is for general information only, not for self-diagnosis, and is not a substitute for a doctor’s visit. It reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of jameda GmbH.
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