Experiencing a broken tooth can be a worrying situation. Interestingly, not all broken teeth cause immediate pain. At Tolland Hill Family Dental, we are equipped to handle such dental emergencies with precision and care.

Why Broken Teeth May or May Not Hurt

When a tooth chips or breaks, it doesn’t always result in pain. This can depend on the extent of the fracture:

  • Minor Tooth Fractures: Smaller chips typically don’t affect the nerve and, therefore, might not cause pain.
  • Larger Breaks: More significant breaks can expose the nerve endings in the dentin, leading to severe discomfort, especially when exposed to air, or hot or cold substances.

The Importance of Pain in Broken Teeth

Pain in a broken tooth often indicates deeper issues:

  • Nerve Damage: Pain can signify that the break has reached the nerve inside the tooth, potentially requiring more complex treatment.
  • Infection Risk: An untreated broken tooth, especially one that’s painful, can lead to infection, which might complicate treatment.

Common Causes of Broken Teeth

Several factors can lead to tooth fractures:

  • Biting on Hard Objects: Accidentally biting down on hard foods or objects like ice, nuts, or hard candy.
  • Injury: Impact to the face or mouth during sports or accidents.
  • Cavities: Weakened teeth due to decay can easily break.
  • Old Fillings: Large fillings that weaken the tooth structure.
  • Teeth Grinding: Chronic grinding (bruxism) can lead to fractures.

Preventing Tooth Damage

Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your teeth:

  • Avoid Hard Foods: Be cautious with hard foods and avoid using your teeth as tools.
  • Wear Mouthguards: Use mouthguards during sports or if you grind your teeth.
  • Regular Dental Check-Ups: Helps in detecting and addressing cavities or weak fillings before they lead to fractures.
  • Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining strong teeth through good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of breaks.

Why Contact Tolland Hill Family Dental for Tooth Repair

If you experience a broken tooth, it’s important to seek dental care promptly:

  • Prevent Further Damage: Early treatment can prevent the fracture from worsening.
  • Customized Care: We offer tailored treatment options, from fillings and crowns to more extensive procedures if necessary.
  • Pain Management: Our team can provide immediate relief and prevent potential complications like infection.

Schedule Your Emergency Dental Visit in Tolland

In case of a broken tooth, contact Tolland Hill Family Dental immediately. Whether it’s a minor chip or a significant fracture, our team is ready to provide the necessary care to restore your tooth and relieve discomfort. We are dedicated to preserving your oral health and ensuring that your dental emergencies are addressed with the utmost care and expertise. Our Tolland clinic proudly serves patients in Ellington and WIllington and the surrounding areas.

Formerly Dr. Frederick M. Daniels Dental Office
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12 Goose Ln
Tolland, CT 06084

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