BROKEN TOOTH

BROKEN TOOTH

It’s happened to the best of us, happily chewing away on Lidl’s muesli or during a relaxing meal out in our favourite restaurant and suddenly we feel that the muesli or the fine cuisine are a bit crunchier than normal and we then find ourselves discretely trying to discern the foreign object that has mixed itself amongst the contents of our mouth. Our tongue then does the exploring and we realise that we’ve broken a tooth leaving a jagged edge that feels as sharp as a razor blade and a hole the size of the Grand Canyon. After failed attempts to smooth the tooth down with a nail file and trying to see which tooth it is, we finally saunter down to our dentist. After an extended silence, a sigh, an Xray, your dentist will give you several options. One thing that every one with a broken tooth must know is that a tooth always breaks for a reason. 1) Either unknowingly we are a tooth grinder or a clencher and we are wearing our teeth down and breaking off bits of teeth or fillings, little by little weakening them. Usually,in this instance your dentist will need to assess your bite, take models of your teeth and replace all the missing tooth structure with crowns. This often requires radical treatment if left too late but if caught early a splint worn at night will limit the damage. 2) If we have several spaces in our mouth where teeth have been taken out in the past and the gaps are left unreplaced, the remaining teeth will be under extra load and will finally break under stress. Your dentist will need to give you a treatment plan not only to repair the broken tooth but also to fill in the gaps with dentures, implants or bridges. 3) If a tooth has had a root canal, it is effectively dead and so becomes brittle. A tooth with a root canal which has not been covered to protect it with a crown, will break. Your dentist will no doubt need to place a post in the broken tooth to hold a core filling and then cover it with a crown. 4) Big old fillings. These are often the greatest culprits. Older amalgam fillings are ugly but very strong, so much so that, they create stresses on the walls of the tooth, leading to fracture lines and finally chipping of teeth or the filling itself. However a tooth which is mainly filling (even a newer white filling), is subject to fracture also. In a patient who has regular check ups, usually the treatment of an isolated broken tooth would be to crown the tooth. 5) Decay. If we have decay in a tooth, this will debilitate it and cause the surrounding structure to break. The decay would need to be removed and the hole depending on how large it is will need to be filled. 6) Infection. An infection around a tooth will cause the tooth to become higher than the rest of the teeth in the mouth which means that we bite down, we would hit that tooth first. If all our strength goes onto one tooth the enormous stress will cause it to fracture. Whatever the reason for your broken tooth, your dentist will need to examine your whole mouth to find out the reason behind it. If he/she repairs the tooth without taking X-rays, the repair could then lead to toothache as an underlying infection would have gone unnoticed. If a filling repeatedly falls out, it’s not usually due to a poor dentist, or a bad batch of cement but most probably due to an undiagnosed problem be it grinding, a hard bite or too little tooth remaining and the sooner the problem is dealt with, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your meals without that extra crunch! Zen Smile Spa your English dentist in Javea Tel: 965793810. DENTISTS IN JAVEA – DENTAL CLINIC JAVEA – ENGLISH DENTIST JAVEA

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