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What Are the Symptoms of Fractured Teeth?

Posted on 6/15/2019 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
What Are the Symptoms of Fractured Teeth?When people think of a fracture, they imagine it is something that a person will know they have. It does not matter if the fracture is in the foot, the back or in a tooth.

People think that the fracture is obvious to all. The problem is that it is possible to have a fracture and continue to function. If you have a fractured tooth, you may not recognize it because you don't know what to look for. There are some symptoms to watch that could mean you have a fractured tooth.

How Fractures Can Happen

Fractures happen in many ways. One common reason for a fracture is trauma to the tooth. While people think trauma means someone hitting you in the mouth with their fist, there are many other types of trauma that are not as violent. Auto accidents, slips and falls and running into something are all types of trauma that may not seem like they caused damage to a tooth, but could have caused a fractured tooth.

Another common cause for a fractured tooth is something you do to live. Eating food can lead to a fractured tooth. This often happens when you chew on some hard food. It is easy to crack a tooth without realizing it in this way.

How to Recognize a Fracture

Because fractures happen without you realizing it, you need to look for signs of a problem. These are a few of the signs to look for.

•  Pain. Especially when chewing or biting down on the fractured tooth.
•  Sensitivity. Sensations that you feel to heat, cold, sweetness or breathing air over the affected tooth.
•  Intermittent pain. Pain that is comes and goes could mean a fracture is present.
•  Swelling. Redness and swelling of the gum around the affected tooth.

If you see these signs, you can try to do a visual inspection, but that does not mean you will see the crack. It is better to visit our office to get a good diagnosis and to determine the best course of treatment.

Contact our office to schedule an appoint with our dental professionals.
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