Severely Broken Teeth Can Leave Your Oral Health in Peril
Posted on 8/20/2019 by Office - Boone DMD
Someone that has a broken tooth or teeth will worry about the way that affects their appearance. That may or may not convince them to do something about their broken teeth. The problem is that broken teeth affect more than the appearance. They also impact your oral health and can lead to more problems if left untreated. For some people, the broken teeth can affect not only their oral health, but their overall health.
What Does Severely Broken Mean?
Broken teeth come in many forms. They can come from some type of trauma or from biting down on a hard object. If the teeth were not healthy to start, they are more likely to break. Some breaks are more severe than others. A minor crack or fracture may not cause problems right away, but if left untreated could get worse.
There are other types of breaks that are a little worse, but still are not considered an emergency. A severe break occurs when the break goes deep enough to expose the nerve. This can cause a lot of pain and can expose your teeth and gums to some serious problems.
The Problems of a Severe Break
Exposing the nerve makes the severe breaks very painful. While some may ignore the pain, most people need to do something to stop the pain. The best way for us to do that is through a root canal procedure to remove the nerve and to repair the place where the tooth broke. It is also possible that the gum tissue suffered damage when the tooth broke and will need some form of treatment.
It is important to replace the broken tooth after taking care of the pain and the trauma from the break to prevent more problems in the future. The site where the tooth was is a place where bacteria can breed. Bone loss is a possibility and the remaining teeth could end up shifting or decaying further.
In almost every case, the only way to fix any type of broken tooth is by visiting our office. We have the tools and the people who can repair the broken tooth and help restore your oral health.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.