Broken and chipped teeth can be frustrating, but they're easily treated by visiting the dentist immediately. They can cause needless stress and pain and if they're left untreated. Sometimes they go on to cause more serious problems.
When you break or chip a tooth you will normally notice it as soon as it happens. Most people experience pain when they’ve broken a tooth, particularly when chewing or biting food. It's also quite normal to feel pain as soon as the break happens. Sometimes you can break or chip a tooth and not notice it straight away. That's because you don’t feel any pain when the injury or break occurs.
Other than pain, you may also feel sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods, as well as swelling of the gum around the affected tooth. When you break or chip a tooth you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. For severe pain, or if you are bleeding from a broken tooth we recommend booking an urgent emergency appointment with a dentist.
You can break or chip a tooth in many different ways. It's a common dental injury after all. It can be as easy as biting or chewing something hard, such as a nut or a hard lolly.
It is also common to break or chip a tooth from an accident or sports injury.
Other causes of a broken tooth could include: