Fractured Tooth

When a tooth has chipped or fractured, it is necessary to determine the extent of the damage.  A minor fracture or small crack usually causes no discomfort and can frequently be restored with a filling.  A deeper fracture may cause pain on chewing if the cracked portion of the tooth flexes or may cause sensitivity to temperature changes if the crack is near the pulp (nerve).

A more seriously cracked tooth may need to be restored with a crown (cap) to prevent further breakage and prevent sensitivity or pain caused by flexure.  For some severely broken teeth, the only option is extraction.

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