A fractured tooth is a dental problem that may or may not be readily felt, or seen; this is because the extent of the damage to a fractured tooth will determine how painful the area will be, or how visible the damage to the tooth is. A tooth fracture can cause the slightest of discomforts in the affected area, to a full-blown pain attack that can leave a person suffering from hours on end.
The pain and discomfort associated with a fractured tooth is caused when the hard tooth covering is damaged, causing the more sensitive part of the tooth (the pulp) to become exposed. When the pulp is exposed and not protected entirely by the damaged enamel, this part can be irritated, and may become susceptible to damage or infection; this infection, when left untreated, can lead to more serious dental problems such as tooth decay or even gum problems.
Symptoms of a Fractured Tooth
• Pain or discomfort when the affected tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures (hot or cold food or beverages)
• Pain or discomfort when chewing, or biting on hard surfaces
• Noticeable cracks or fractures on the surface of the affected tooth
A fractured tooth will need to be seen by an emergency dentist in the soonest possible time, so that the affected tooth can be saved from further damage or infection. The pain and discomfort caused by a fractured tooth will also be dealt with effectively and on a long-term basis when seen by a dentist, who can give the proper diagnosis and treatment for the tooth fracture problem.
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