Fractured Tooth

A fractured tooth occurs due to a sudden fall, road traffic accident, injury during sports, and increased pressure produced during teeth grinding. A broken tooth causes severe pain and discomfort if the tooth's innermost layer (pulp) is damaged. In such cases, it is better to do a root canal treatment. The cracked tooth is treated, and a crown is placed to protect the tooth.

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I had tooth pain, and a portion of the tooth fell off. Should I remove the remaining tooth or leave it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had tooth pain for a while. I used salt water to stop the pain. However, I feel that mouthwash is what killed the pain and connecting nerves. The pain has stopped completely and for good. Soon after, the tooth came out by itself. The visible tooth, not the part within the gum. Should...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. No, there is no such dangerous concern if you cannot extract it. But the root stem is vulnerable to infection, and it may lead to a dangerous one too, if not treated at an early time with antibiotics. ...  Read Full »

How to treat my daughter's mobile teeth after a trauma?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-year-old fell and one of her permanent teeth is now wiggly. What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If bleeding is persistent, give your kid cold packs of cotton on the tooth or make him eat ice-cream. If it is not suitable in this weather then put honey around the tooth. Once bleeding is controlled, now start with saline water mouth rinses. Take a cup of lukewarm water...  Read Full »

My tooth broke a few years after undergoing a root canal, which has now led to severe pain, infection, and swelling. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had a root canal on a tooth a few years ago (upper left 5) with a deep filling. Last week the tooth broke in half, so I visited my dentist. He removed the other half as it was damaged beyond repair, leaving me with just the root of the tooth, which had previous root canal treatment. H...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your question I can understand your concern. If the pain and swelling are not going off, you may be resistant to Amoxicillin (Amoxicillin trihydrate) antibiotics. You need to take it thrice daily for at least five days. Suppose after 48 hours; the s...  Read Full »

I have a nasal infection with yellow mucus and an awful odor. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a broken tooth in my gums, and the parts left are seen in black. I also have a bad nose infection with yellowish mucus and an awful odor. I am confused about whether this infection relates to the tooth or something else. Sometimes I can push air up through the tooth, which bubble...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Based on the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is evident that they are root stumps. Almost all the major portion of the tooth has gone due to decay, and only the root pa...  Read Full »

Why did my tooth color change post-trauma?

Query: Hello doctor, When I was 11 years old, I was knocked off my bike and cracked my front tooth in half horizontally, shortly after the dentist fixed it. Since then I have had no problems with it and had multiple x-rays to check on it. When it happened, the color of the tooth changed very slightly, to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have been through your query and can understand your concern. Any trauma to the tooth generally has long-term consequences like tooth discoloration, etc. As you said that your tooth was fractured, it might have led to a slight injury to the pulp or even if not so, th...  Read Full »

My first premolar crown with the post has fallen out. When should I replace it?

Query: Hi doctor, How long can I leave a broken tooth (under the gum line) before seeing a dentist? I have a first pre-molar crown fallen out with post and part of my root.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the image enclosed (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and I am a Maxillofacial surgeon. I can understand your concern, but the prognosis for this tooth is very poor. You should visit your dentist immediately for extraction of the remainin...  Read Full »

My premolar tooth got broken. Should I get root canal treatment done?

Query: Hi doctor, My premolar tooth is broken, do I need root canal treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. In the case of a broken tooth, first, we need to check the extent of the fracture. If you have only sensitivity then the fracture may be only up to dentin so permanent filling is enough. But, if the fracture extends up ...  Read Full »

The crown of my front tooth chipped, and I want to know how to fix it temporarily until I meet my dentist?

Query: Hi doctor, This happened this evening. I just need some guidance on what I can use to hold this crown together until I see the dentist. It is the front teeth, so if I open my mouth, the view will not be pleasant. I am currently taking Propranolol 60 mg daily. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Upon review, I think it is a tooth fracture. Please provide me with pictures or more details of presenting the complaint. Elaborately these are to be done. a) Tooth fracture if front teeth can be restored with composite. You can preserve the fractured segment of the to...  Read Full »

My molar with a silver filling is broken and has got sharp tooth edges. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old. Recently, my molar that had a silver filling broke. I do not have pain; however, the tooth has sharp edges, and the filling is still intact. What do I need to do now? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. An old silver filling can get damaged, and the edges can break. If there is no pain and the X-ray does not show changes in the normal filling, then your dentist will trim the sharp edges. I hope this helps....  Read Full »

What could this line going down my tooth be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a line going down my tooth that can only be seen under direct light. It looks a bit like a crack. I cannot feel it when I run my finger or tongue over it. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The line you have mentioned can be a fracture line that is sometimes very superficial. I would like to know about any pain or sensitivity associated with the tooth. If it is a deep fracture, it is generally painful and sensitive. On the other hand, if it is a fract...  Read Full »

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