The outermost hard shell of the tooth is called enamel and it protects the inner part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. A break or crack in the hard shell of the tooth is known as a tooth fracture. There are different kinds of tooth fractures, depending on different factors:
Tooth fractures are usually caused while chewing hard foods or accidentally biting down on a hard object. They can also be caused by a blow to the face.
Not every tooth fracture shows any symptoms, like craze lines. However, some may cause symptoms that could lead to:
Tooth fractures do not heal. And most treatments are aimed at protecting the tooth and the pulp interior. The treatment generally depends upon the seriousness of the tooth fracture. These treatment options may include:
If you want to lower the chances of fracturing your tooth, follow the preventive measures that will act as protectors of your teeth. Your tooth will be safe, secure, and less prone to any issues like fractures if it stays healthy and sturdy.
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