Why Does a Broken Tooth Only Hurt Some of the Time?
Posted on 7/30/2019 by Dr. Jon Packman
You may not even know something is wrong with your mouth, until you look in the mirror while flossing one morning, and you notice one of your back molars is broken.
Or perhaps you were chewing on some hard pretzels, and you found a piece of pretzel that was really one of your teeth.
The older you get, the more likely you are to have broken teeth. In fact, for people in the midlife and beyond, teeth cracking or breaking are a common occurrence. This is especially true if you are in your 40s-60s, because teeth were filled using an amalgam that can fall out or fail with age. Also, if you have deep pits in your molars back in the day, you may now have large fillings that have weak teeth around them.
If you are worried about that broken tooth, keep reading. We can give you some information on how broken teeth happen, and what can be done about it.
If you have a broken tooth, you may not notice it for a while. That’s because broken teeth don’t always hurt. In fact, some broken teeth don’t hurt at all. If you merely chipped the top of the molar, for example, you may feel no pain at all for a while. That’s because the defect is on the surface of the tooth, rather than the soft tissue underneath the tooth, called dentin.
Dentin is directly tied into your tooth nerve. When you bite down, and your nerves or dentin is observed, that is when you will need to call in about a visit, because the pain will only get worse. If you have questions about broken or chipped teeth, why not give us a call? We would love to talk teeth with you, whether they are broken, chipped or cracked!