Your teeth are remarkably strong and hold up incredibly well given the amount of chewing, biting, bumping and even grinding that they endure each day. But, your teeth cannot survive through everything.
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Breaking a Tooth
Despite their toughness, teeth break, chip, crack and sometimes fracture. How can this happen? The most popular reasons are the following:
- Hard bite on something tough
- Facial trauma
- Physical sports injury
- Weakened tooth as a result of cavities
- Old, unsupportive fillings
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, the injured part of the tooth may not actually be in pain. Surprisingly, not all of our patients feel that much pain or are sensitive on the actual tooth. The pain comes from the tongue. Why? Your tongue is moving along the cut tooth, enduring the sharp surface and creating pain.
If your tongue feels pain, but your tooth does not, you likely have a minor tooth fracture. If your tooth is feeling pain, however, you may have a more serious oral injury.
Feeling the Pain
Any tooth pain warrants a closer look into what caused the injury and what Dr. Moore’s team can do to resolve this pain. While pain may come and go, the basis of the problem will persist until fixed.
When pain and discomfort are results of the injury, nerve damage could play a role. What’s a good indicator that a nerve has been impacted? Common signs of nerve irritation include pain when exposed to the following:
Hot foods or drinks
Cold food or drinks
In addition to nerve damage, some feel pressure on the injured tooth when chewing or eating. Why? You are putting consistent pressure on the affected area.
Relieving the Pain from a Tooth Injury
If you have a tooth injury, we suggest using our temporary tips before you visit the dentist. We want to help you limit the damage by following these steps:
Rinse your mouth well with warm water.
Apply pressure with a piece of gauze on any bleeding areas for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. If this doesn’t work, use a tea bag with pressure on the area to stop the bleeding.
Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
If you can't get to your dentist right away, cover the part of the tooth that is in your mouth with temporary dental cement. You can find this at a drugstore.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Do you think you have a chipped tooth? Take a look at our chipped tooth page for specifics on what to do and how to handle your situation.
Visiting Dr. Moore
If you believe you have a broken or fractured tooth and live in the Memphis area, please do not hesitate to call and request an appointment. We do not want your injury to get any worse or become more damaging because you avoided seeking help.
We will examine the situation and seek out the most appropriate treatment. We’re here to help you get back to full strength!
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