Either one is no fun!
Our teeth are the strongest bones in our body. So how do they break?
Ice cubes, hard candies, nuts…our teeth take a beating every day. These hard foods take a lot of force to chew! So usually, when you crunch away on ice cubes, the teeth break the ice. If your tooth has a small area of imperfection though – like a chip, microfracture, or cavity – sometimes the ice will break the tooth!
Types of Tooth Fracture
There are several types of tooth fracture. Some are treatable, and some are not. The longer that you let a cracked tooth sit without treatment, the more likely it is that the crack will get larger!
What do I do?
You may not have noticed the exact moment when a tooth breaks. Many times, patients come to us
after having pain for several weeks, and we find that a tooth fracture is the culprit. Sometimes, patients
will feel the pain immediately after the *crunch*!
The best thing to do if you suspect a tooth fracture is to see a dental professional. There are several kinds of crown and tooth fracture. Your treatment may range from anything from a small bonding, to a crown, to needing the tooth extracted. The good news is that the sooner you go to the dentist, the less time the crack has to spread!