Pooja comes back from the school with a dejected face. When her parents enquired, they came to know that her friends were making fun of her brownish black tooth. Her parents were wondering how it happened? After a brainstorming session of what happened to that tooth, they remembered that she had a fall a year back and a part of her front tooth had broken.
Pooja did not complain of any pain after a couple of days after that incident. But now, that tooth has turned into a brownish black color. How did it happen?
Such stories are very common and we have heard or witnessed them many times.
This article can throw some light upon what can happen to a broken tooth if left untreated.
Your teeth are the strongest structures in your body. But despite their strength they can still get damaged when there is a fall.
The hard outer layer is the Enamel, underneath your enamel is a soft layer of yellowish tissue called Dentin. It makes up the bulk of your tooth. The most inner layer of your tooth is known as Pulp which actually gives the sensation of cold and hot to the tooth.
Any fall can fracture a tooth and it can range from a chip in the hard enamel exterior to complete breakage of an area leaving the dentin and pulp exposed to the outside.
Since, the tooth enamel contains no nerves or blood vessels so enamel loss may not cause pain. When the dentin or pulp is exposed to air/cold water, the tooth hurts. Bacteria can infect exposed pulp over time causing more pain, discoloration of the remaining enamel.
WHY DO TEETH BREAK?
It is usually due to a fall or a hit to the face or mouth.
Teeth can also break due to grinding and clenching habits that may cause enamel to be worn away or fracture off.
If large cavities are not treated, the decay in the teeth can eventually cause breaks, especially in the back teeth.
Finally, old and large fillings that do not properly support the remaining tooth structure can also fracture.