A fracture usually involves a previously root treated tooth.The force and pressure of biting can under certain circumstances cause a once strong tooth to split longitudinally leaving loose fragments in the gum which are painful when moved.

Usual symptoms include:

  • pain on biting

  • loose bits in gum

  • abscess or swelling adjacent to tooth

  • bad taste in mouth

  • bleeding from gum

We need to investigate where the fracture has occurred on the tooth to decide if the tooth is restorable. On many occasions unfortunately the fracture line is too far up or down the tooth and extraction proves to be the only option. In both the cases above the teeth were extracted because the fracture line was inoperable.

Ice White Dental, top tips

Top Tips:

To handle the pain while you wait to see the dentist, take paracetamol or ibuprofen. However, if you have a history of liver or kidney problems or peptic ulcers, or suffer from asthma, ibuprofen is not recommended for you.