When a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. However, it might feel sharp and uncomfortable to your tongue and cheek. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt as the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. Extreme discomfort and sensitivity can also happen when nerve endings in the dentin are exposed to air, or to hot or cold foods or drinks.
Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because chewing puts pressure on the tooth.
If the chip is very small, the dentist may polish and smooth out the chipped area. If the crack/fracture is bigger and tooth does need a restoration, the choice of material used depends on your needs and budget and take into account aesthetic considerations, strength requirements and the amount of remaining tooth structure. This can range from a:
There are many different types of crowns and bridges. Your dentist will go through the most ideal option for you after an oral health assessment. The suitability of a candidate for dental crown and bridge can depend on many factors including: Oral health diagnosis, jawbone density and personal preference.